Dick Scobee

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May 19, 1939 – January 28, 1986

Commander of the Space Shuttle Challenger on its ill-fated final mission, Francis Richard “Dick” Scobee was an Air Force pilot and astronaut. A combat pilot during the Vietnam war, Scobee became a test pilot and was eventually selected to be a part of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. He piloted Challenger on a successful mission – his only other – two years prior to the disaster. On January 28th, 1986, after a number of weather-related delays and under high pressure to get the shuttle into space to inaugurate the Teacher In Space program, Challenger finally lifted off.  Shortly after take off, an O-ring on one of the solid rocket boosters failed and the shuttle was destroyed.  Scobee and the rest of the crew were killed.

Burial

Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

Specific Location

Section 46, Lot 1129-4, Grid O-23.5; To the west of the Memorial Amphitheater, just to the left of the large memorials for Challenger and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

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One Response to “Dick Scobee”

  1. He was the cousin of hero from Federal Way, Washington, Roland L. Scobee!

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