Joe Engle

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Birthday
26, 1932
Birthplace
Kansas
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
26, 1932 (age 86)
Birthplace
Kansas

About

Notable as a test pilot for NASA and the U.S. Air Force's North American X-15 project, he piloted a 1977 test flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise and went on to head a 1981 test of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Before Fame

After completing his bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Kansas, he joined the United States Air Force. He began his career with NASA in early 1966.

Trivia

His numerous honors include the NASA and U.S. Air Force Distinguished Service Medals; the Society of Experimental Test Pilots' Iven C. Kincheloe Prize; and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' Pioneer of Flight Award.

Family Life

He was born and raised in Chapman, Kansas. His marriage to Mary Catherine Lawrence produced children named Jon and Laurie; he later married Jeanie Carter.

Associated With

He and fellow astronaut Joseph Walker were both X-15 test pilots.