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|Richard Francis Gordon, Jr.
Gemini and Apollo astronaut
Born October 5, 1929, in Seattle, Washington
Married to Barbara J. Field
Married Linda Schultz Sanders
Died November 6, 2017, in San Marcos, California
High School North Kitsap High
School, Poulsbo, Washington
Received his wings as a naval aviator in 1953.
Attended All-Weather Flight School and Jet Transitional Training and was subsequently assigned to an all-weather fighter squadron at the Naval Air Station at Jacksonville, Florida.
Attended the Navy's Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland, in 1957.
Served as a flight test pilot until 1960, on the F8U Crusader, F11F Tigercat, FJ Fury, and A4D Skyhawk. Was the first project test pilot for the F4H Phantom II.
In 1961, he won the Bendix Trophy Race, flying from Los Angeles, California, to New York, New York, in a record time of 2 hours 47 minutes, and with a new speed record of 869.74 miles per hour.
He was also a student at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California.
Logged more that 4,500 hours flying time, 3,500 hours of them in jet aircraft.
Selected as an astronaut in 1963.
Backup pilot for Gemini 8.
Backup command pilot for Apollo 9.
Backup spacecraft commander for Apollo 15.
Retired from NASA and the Navy in January 1972.
Spent a total of 315 hours 53 minutes in space.
Executive Vice President of the New Orleans Saints (1972)
General Manager of Energy Developers, Limited (1977)
President of Resolution Engineering and Development Company (1978); Vice President for Operations, Texas Division (1980); Director, Scott Science and Technology, Inc., Los Angeles Division (1981-1983)
President of Astro Sciences Corporation (1982)
Technical Advisor for, and played the part of Capcom in, the CBS mini-series "Space" (1984)
fellow, American Astronautical Society
Awards and Honors
Phi Sigma Kappa Merit Award (1966)
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