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A veteran of four spaceflights, he became the first person to accrue over 1,000 hours as a Space Shuttle commander/pilot. He also served as a colonel in the United States Air Force. He attended the USAF Test Pilot School in 1983 and became an F-16C test pilot at Edwards AFB, California. Among the many honors he has received are The NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He married and had three children. He, like astronaut Michael Collins, worked as a test pilot. [+]