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Biographical Data



NAME: Terence T. "Tom" Henricks (Colonel, USAF)
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA:
Born July 5, 1952, in Bryan, Ohio, but considers Woodville, Ohio, to be his hometown. His father, Mr. Terry W. Henricks, resides near Montpelier, Ohio. His mother, Mrs. Martha B. Reising, resides near Oak Harbor, Ohio.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:
Brown hair; blue eyes; height: 5 feet 10-1/2 inches; weight: 160 pounds.

EDUCATION:
Graduated from Woodmore High School in 1970; received a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1974, and a masters degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in 1982.

MARITAL STATUS:
Divorced.

CHILDREN:
Katherine Ann, November 24, 1982; Terence Thomas, Jr., January 19, 1984; Heather Kimberly, February 4, 1988.

RECREATIONAL INTERESTS:
Enjoys running and windsurfing.

ORGANIZATIONS:

SPECIAL HONORS:
Recipient of two Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, and two Air Force Commendation Medals. Named Pilot Training Distinguished Graduate. Recipient of the F-4 Fighter Weapons School Outstanding Flying Award. Named F-16 Conversion Course Top Gun.

EXPERIENCE:
After graduation from the Air Force Academy, Henricks completed pilot training at Craig Air Force Base in Selma, Alabama, and F-4 conversion training at Homestead Air Force Base in Miami, Florida. He then flew the F-4 in fighter squadrons in England and Iceland. In 1980, he was reassigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada. After attending the USAF Test Pilot School in 1983, he remained at Edwards Air Force Base, California, as an F-16C test pilot and Chief of the 57th Fighter Weapons Wing Operating Location until his NASA selection. He has 747 parachute jumps and a Master Parachutist rating.

He has flown 30 different types of aircraft, has logged over 3,300 hours flying time in jet fighter aircraft, and holds an FAA commercial pilot rating.

NASA EXPERIENCE:
Selected by NASA in June 1985, Henricks became an astronaut in July 1986. From January 1986 until August 1987, his technical duties included reevaluating Shuttle landing sites worldwide. He served as Assistant Manager for Engineering Integration, Shuttle Program Office the following two years. His next assignment was as the lead astronaut in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL) where Shuttle mission segments are simulated to verify flight software for each mission.

CURRENT ASSIGNMENT:
Col. Henricks is assigned as the pilot on the crew of STS-44, a ten-day, Department of Defense mission scheduled to launch in the Summer of 1991, aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

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