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William Reid Pogue (born January 23, 1930) is a retired Americanmarker astronaut.

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Pogue was born in Okemah, Oklahomamarker, and is the son of Mr and Mrs Alex W. Pogue (both deceased) who lived in Sand Springs, Oklahomamarker; he is of Choctaw descent. [66980] He is married with three children. He enjoys running and playing paddleball and handball, and his hobbies include cabinet making.


Attended primary and secondary schools in Oklahoma; received a bachelor of science degree in Education from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1951 and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Oklahoma State Universitymarker in 1960; awarded an honorary doctorate of science degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1974.


Pogue, retired Air Force Colonel, came to the Lyndon B.marker Johnson Space Centermarker from an assignment at Edwards Air Force Basemarker, Californiamarker, where he had been an instructor at the Air Force Aerospace Research Pilot School since October 1965.

He enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 and received his commission in 1952. While serving with the Fifth Air Force during the Korean conflict, from 1953 to 1954, he completed a combat tour in fighter bombers. From 1955 to 1957, he was a member of the USAF Thunderbirds. He was a solo and a slot pilot with them

He has gained proficiency in more than 50 types and models of American and British aircraft and is qualified as a civilian flight instructor. Pogue served in the mathematics department as an assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springsmarker, Coloradomarker, from 1960 to 1963. In September 1965, he completed a two-year tour as test pilot with the British Ministry of Aviation under the USAF/RAF Exchange Program, after graduating from the Empire Test Pilots' School in Farnboroughmarker, Englandmarker.

He has logged 7,200 hours flight time—including 4,200 hours in jet aircraft and 2,017 hours in space flight.

NASA experience

Colonel Pogue was one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASAmarker in April 1966. He served as a member of the astronaut support crews for the Apollo 7, 11, and 14 missions. He was also scheduled as Command-Module Pilot for the cancelled Apollo 19 mission. Instead Pogue and Gerald Carr of Apollo 19 went to Skylab, America's first space station.

Pogue was pilot of Skylab 4 (third and final manned visit to the Skylab orbital workshop), launched November 16, 1973, and concluded February 8, 1974. This was the longest manned flight (84 days, 1 hour and 15 minutes) in the history of manned space exploration to date. Pogue was accompanied on the record setting 34.5-million-mile flight by Gerald P. Carr (commander) and Dr. Edward G. Gibson (science-pilot). They successfully completed 56 experiments, 26 science demonstrations, 15 subsystem detailed objectives, and 13 student investigations during their 1,214 revolutions of the earth.

They also acquired extensive earth resources observations data using Skylab's earth resources experiment package camera and sensor array and logged 338 hours of operations of the Apollo Telescope Mount which made extensive observations of the sun's solar processes. Logged 13 hours and 31 minutes in two EVA's outside the orbital workshop.

Pogue retired from the United States Air Force on September 1, 1975, and he is now retired from NASA.

Pogue is self-employed as a consultant to aerospace and producer of general viewer videos on space flight. In 1991 he also authored the book How Do You Go to the Bathroom in Space?

Writing career

In 1992, Pogue co-authored The Trikon Deception, a science fiction novel, with Ben Bova.He also wrote a book in 1991 called "How Do you Go to the Bathroom in Space" where he answers of 270 common questions he received.

In 2003, Pogue published "Space Trivia" with Apogee Books. It covers the trivial questions and answers from the Project Mercury era to the Space Shuttle/International Space Station era.

In 2007, as of the time of the revision of this document, Pogue is working on a website (, and an autobiography, which is currently under the working title of "But for the Grace of God".


William R.
Pogue, December 2004.
Member of the Air Force Association Explorers Club, American Astronautical Society, and Association of Space Explorers

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