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Other Profession(s): Engineer, Fighter Pilot
Higher Education: B.S, M.S, MBA, Ph.D.
Guion Stewart Bluford Jr. was born on November 22, 1942 His achievements include being a retired U.S. Air Force officer and fighter pilot, as well as a former NASA astronaut, the second person of African descent to walk in space. As an officer in the United States Air Force, he rose to the rank of colonel while assigned to NASA. In addition to participating in four Space Shuttle missions between 1983 and 1992, he also enjoys reading, swimming, jogging, racquetball, handball, and scuba diving. In 1964, he married Linda Tull and raised two sons, Guion III and James.
In January 1966, Bluford received his pilot wings at Williams Air Force Base.
Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, assigned Bluford as an instructor pilot for the 3630th Flying Training Wing in July 1967.
At Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Bluford entered the "U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology residency school" in August 1972.
As a member of NASA astronaut group 8, Bluford became a NASA astronaut in January 1978.
On August 30, 1983, Bluford launched his first mission, STS-8, from Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
Afterward, Bluford was a member of the STS-61-A crew that took part in the German D-1 Spacelab mission, which launched on October 30, 1985, from the Kennedy Space Center.
In July 1993, Bluford retired from the Air Force and NASA.
Awards & Achievements:
USAF Command Pilot Astronaut Wings (1983)
Defense Superior Service Medal (1984)
Legion of Merit (1993)
Three Defense Meritorious Service Medals (1986, 1992, and 1993)
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (1978)
Air Force Air Medals (1967)
In 2002, Molefi Kete Asante compiled a list of the 100 greatest African Americans.
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