National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Terence T. "Tom" Henricks (Colonel, USAF)
- NASA Astronaut
- 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.
- Brown hair; blue eyes; height:
5 feet 10-1/2 inches; weight: 160 pounds.
- 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.
- Katherine Ann, November 24, 1982; Terence
Thomas, Jr., January 19, 1984; Heather Kimberly, February 4, 1988.
- Enjoys running and windsurfing.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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