Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
Carr began his military career in 1949 with the Navy, and in 1950 he was appointed a midshipman (NROTC) and enrolled in the University of Southern California. Upon graduation in 1954, he received his commission and subsequently reported to the U. S. Marine Corps Officers' Basic School at Quantico, Virginia. He received flight training at Pensacola, Florida, and Kingsville, Texas, and was then assigned to Marine All-Weather-Fighter-Squadron 114 where he gained experience in the F-9 and the F-6A Skyray. After postgraduate training, he served with Marine All-Weather-Fighter-Squadron l22, from 1962 to 1965, piloting the F-8 Crusader in the United States and the Far East. Other aircraft he has flown include the F-4, T-l, T-28, T-33, T-38, H-13, and ground effect machines.
He has logged more than 6,100 flying hours, 5,365 hours of which are jet time.
Carr was commander of Skylab 4 (third and final manned visit to the Skylab Orbital Workshop), launched November 16, 1973, and concluded February 8, 1974. This was the longest manned flight (84 days, 1 hour, 15 minutes) in the history of manned space exploration to date. He was accompanied on the record-setting 34.5 million mile flight by Dr. Edward G. Gibson (science pilot) and William R. Pogue (pilot). The crew successfully completed 56 experiments, 26 science demonstrations, 15 subsystem detailed objectives, and 13 student investigations during their 1,214 revolutions of the earth. They also acquired extensive earth resources observations data using hand-held cameras and Skylab's Earth Resources Experiment Package camera and sensor array. They logged 338 hours of operation of the Apollo Telescope Mount which made extensive observations of the sun's solar processes.
From February 1974 until March 1978, Colonel Carr and his Skylab 4 teammates shared the world record for individual time in space (2,017 hours 15 minute 32 seconds). Carr logged 15 hours and 48 minutes in three EVAs outside the Orbital Workshop.
In mid-1974 Carr was named head of the design support group within the astronaut office responsible for providing crew support to such activities as space transportation system design, simulations, testing, and safety assessment, and for development of man/machine interface requirements.
Carr retired from the United States Marine Corps in September of 1975 and from NASA in June of 1977. He is a Senior Consultant on Special Staff to the President of Applied Research, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with offices in Santa Clara, California, and Houston, Texas.