Astronaut / Aviator
Astronaut William R. Pogue was born in Okema, Oklahoma. He attended primary and secondary schools in Sand Springs and Tulsa, and holds degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University and Oklahoma State University.
Bill’s 25-year military career included a combat tour in Korea, two years as aerobatic pilot with the Thunderbirds, a tour as an assistant professor of mathematics at the Air Force Academy, and an exchange assignment as test pilot with the Royal Air Force. During his career he flew more than 50 types and models of American, British and Czech aircraft.
He was selected in the 5th group of astronauts in 1966 and was on the support crews for Apollo’s 7, 11 and 14. Bill’s 84-day space flight aboard the Skylab space station (1973-1974), with astronauts Jerry Carr and Ed Gibson) set eight endurance and distance records. He made two space walks (one for a new record of more than seven hours) and conducted numerous experiments related to studies of the Earth, the sun and the long-term effects of zero gravity on crewmembers.
Bill left NASA in 1977 and has since worked as an independent technical contractor for several aerospace and energy firms.
In October 1997, Bill was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame at Titusville, Florida.
He is the author of several books including an autobiography titled But for the Grace of God.
Bill Pogue certainly left behind a remarkable legacy all the way up to his passing on March 3, 2014 at the age of 84.
Interview with William Pogue
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: August 8, 2012
Date Published: January 29, 2013
Photo Credits: Slideshow images from “Good Guys Wear White Hats, The Life of George Nigh” by Bob Burke
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.