Pogue, William R. (1930–)
American astronaut who flew aboard Skylab
and served on the support crews for the Apollo
7, 11, and 14 missions. His Air Force military career included a combat
tour during the Korean conflict, two years as an aerobatic pilot with the
Air Force's precision flying team, the Thunderbirds, and an exchange assignment
with the Royal Air Force as a test pilot. In addition, he served as an assistant
professor of mathematics at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado
Springs. In April 1966, Pogue was selected in the fifth group of NASA astronauts.
Together with Gerald Carr and Edward Gibson
he flew on Skylab 4, the third and final manned visit to the orbiting laboratory,
setting, along with Carr, a new record for the longest space walk of seven
hours. In 1977, Pogue left NASA to pursue a new career as consultant to
aerospace and energy companies. He worked with the Boeing Company in support
of the Space Station Freedom Project, and now works with them on the International
Space Station Project, specializing in assembly extravehicular activity.