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Col. Brewster H. Shaw Jr., USAF, Retired

Brewster H. Shaw


Colonel Brewster H. Shaw, Jr. was born on May 16, 1945 in Cass City, Michigan. A gifted student, he dedicated his career to aviation and space exploration.

Shaw received a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in engineering mechanics from the University of Wisconsin in 1968 and 1969, respectfully.

Shaw entered the Air Force in 1969 and received his wings in 1970. He was assigned to the F-100 Replacement Training Unit at Lake AFB, Arizona. In March, 1971 he was assigned as an F-100 combat pilot to the Pham Rang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam. He later flew F-4 phantoms in Thailand before returning to the United States as an F-4 fighter instructor.

Shaw attended the USAF test pilot school at Edwards AFB, California from July 1975 until 1976.

He has logged more than 5,000 hours flying time in over 30 types of aircraft, including 644 hours of combat in the F-100 and F-4 aircrafts.

Shaw was selected as an astronaut in January of 1978. His technical assignments have included support new and entry Capcom for STS-3 and STS-4, staff member for the Rogers' Presidential Commission investigating the STS-SIL Challenger accident. Shaw was a pilot on the STS-9 Spacelab-1 (Columbia) which launched from Kennedy Space Center on November 28, 1983. He was spacecraft Commander on STS-61B (Atlantis) launched on November 26, 1985. He held the same position on the STS-28 (Columbia) launched from Kennedy on August 8, 1989.

With the completion of his third flight, Col. Shaw has logged a total of 534 hours in space. He left the Johnson Space Center in October, 1989 to assume the NASA Headquarters, Senior Executive position of Deputy Director, Space Shuttle Operations, located at Kennedy Space Center. His current assignment is Director, Space Shuttle Operations, Cape Kennedy. Shaw is responsible for development of all space shuttle operations.

Colonel Shaw has received 14 military citations and 19 trophies and awards during his service with the USAF and NASA, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross with 7 oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with 20 oak leaf clusters, and the NASA Outstanding Leadership medal.

Colonel Brewster H. Shaw, Jr. was enshrined on October 14, 1995 for his outstanding piloting skills and his extensive leadership abilities with NASA.

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