National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Stephen D. Thorne (Lieutenant Commander, USN) Astronaut Candidate
- NASA Astronaut
- Born February 11, 1953, in Frankfurt-on-Main,
West Germany. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Thorne, reside
in Anderson, South Carolina.
- Brown hair; green eyes; height:
6 feet 2 inches; weight: 185 pounds.
- Graduated from T. L. Hanna High School, Anderson,
South Carolina, in 1971; received a bachelor of science degree
in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975.
- Married to the former Sue Lotz of Staunton, Virginia.
Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Philip L. Lotz, still reside there.
- He enjoys baseball, running, reading,
and general aviation.
- Member of the Society of Experimental
Test Pilots. Life member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association.
- Upon graduation from the Naval Academy,
Thorne entered flight training and received his wings in December
1976. Following training in the F-4 Phantom, he joined Fighter
Squadron 21 (VF-21) and was deployed to the Western Pacific
aboard the USS RANGER. After training at the U.S. Naval Test
Pilot School in 1981, Thorne spent the next two years at
Strike Aircraft Test at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent
River, Maryland, flying mostly ordnance and weapons systems
tests in the F-4 and A-7 Corsair II. He completed F-18
Hornet transition training in October 1984 and joined
Strike Fighter Squadron 132 (VFA-132) aboard USS CORAL
SEA until departing for NASA.
He has accumulated over 2,500 hours and 200 carrier
landings in approximately 30 different types of aircraft.
- Lieutenant Commander Thorne was selected
as an astronaut candidate by NASA in June 1985 and, in August,
commenced a one year training and evaluation program to qualify
for subsequent assignment as a pilot on future Space Shuttle flight crews.
Stephen Thorne lost his life in an airplane crash on 5-24-86.
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