National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Guy S. Gardner (Colonel, USAF, retired)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born January 6, 1948, in Alta Vista,
Virginia, and grew up in Alexandria, Virginia.
- Was graduated from George Washington High School in
Alexandria, Virginia in 1965; received a bachelor of science
degree with majors in astronautics, mathematics, and engineering
sciences from the United States Air Force Academy in 1969;
received a master of science degree in aeronautics and astronautics
from Purdue University in 1970.
- Married to the former Linda A. McCabe of Guilderland,
New York. They have three wonderful children: Jennifer, Sarah,
- Air Force Legion of Merit, 2 Defense Superior
Service Medals, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, 3 Air
Force Distinguished Flying Crosses, 14 Air Medals, National
Intelligence Medal of Achievement, Distinguished Graduate of
the USAF Academy, Top Graduate in Pilot Training, Top Graduate
from the USAF Test Pilot School, Test Pilot School Outstanding
Academic Instructor, Test Pilot School Outstanding Flying
Instructor, and Distinguished Astronaut Engineering Alumnus of
- Gardner completed U.S. Air Force pilot training
at Craig Air Force Base, Alabama, and F-4 upgrade training at
MacDill Air Force Base, Florida in 1971. In 1972, he flew 177
combat missions in Southeast Asia while stationed in Udorn,
Thailand. In 1973-74, he was an F-4 instructor and operational
pilot at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. He
attended the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base,
California, in 1975, and then served as a test pilot with the
6512th Test Squadron located at Edwards in 1976. In 1977-78,
he was an instructor test pilot at the USAF Test Pilot School.
In 1979-80, he was operations officer of the 1st Test Squadron
at Clark Air Base, Philippines.
- Gardner was selected as a pilot astronaut by NASA in May 1980.
During his 11 years as an astronaut, he worked in many areas of
Space Shuttle and Space Station development and support. Gardner
first flew in space as pilot on the crew of STS-27, aboard the
Orbiter Atlantis, on December 2-6, 1988. The mission carried a
Department of Defense payload. Gardner next flew as pilot on
the crew of STS-35, aboard the Orbiter Columbia, on December
2-10 1990. The mission carried the ASTRO-1 astronomy laboratory
consisting of three ultraviolet telescopes and one x-ray telescope.
Gardner left NASA in June 1991, returning to the Air Force as
Commandant of the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force
In August 1992, Gardner retired from the Air Force to go to NASA
Headquarters as Program Director of the joint U.S. and Russian
Shuttle-Mir Program. He attended the Defense Systems' Management
College in 1994, and then became the Director of the Quality
Assurance Division, Office of Safety and Mission Assurance at
In September 1995, Gardner joined the Federal Aviation
Administration as Director of the FAA Technical Center in New
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