About Edward White II
- Fast Facts
An aeronautical engineer, US Air Force Officer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, Edward White II was born on November 14, 1930. Perhaps his most striking accomplishment, being the first American to walk in space, defined his career, but his inclusion on Gemini 4 and Apollo 1 also remain defining moments. Sadly, during the pre launch of Apollo 1, he died, along with fellow astronauts Gus Grissom and Roger B. Chafee, at the age of 36.
36 minutes of total EVA time
1st American to walk in space
2 Major Missions: Gemini 4 and Apollo 1
2nd seat (senior pilot) for the first manned Apollo flight
3 1/2 years in West Germany flying in F-86 Sabre and F-100 Super Sabre squadrons in the defense of NATO
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