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Lawrence, Robert Henry Jr
Lawrence Robert
Lawrence Robert
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American pilot astronaut, 1967.

Status: Deceased; Active 1967-1967. Born: 1935-10-02. Died: 1967-12-08. Birth Place: Illinois.

America's first astronaut of African-American heritage, he was born in Chicago Illinois. He received a BS in chemistry from Bradley University in 1956, and a doctorate in nuclear chemistry from Ohio State University in 1965. He was a Major in the USAF when selected for MOL Group 3 in 1967. On December 8, 1967, while practicing zoom landings in an F-104B with Major Harvey Royer, the F-104 came they were flying came in too low and hit the runway. Royer ejected and survived, but Lawrence was killed. He left behind a wife and one son. Died in Edwards AFB, California.


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Family: Astronaut, USAF MOL Group 3 - 1967. Country: USA. Agency: USAF. Bibliography: 5673.
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1935 October 2 - .
  • Birth of Robert Henry Jr Lawrence - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lawrence, Robert. African-American pilot astronaut, 1967-1967..

1967 June 30 - .
  • USAF MOL Astronaut Training Group 3 selected. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Abrahamson, Herres, Lawrence, Robert.

    The group was selected to provide crews for flights of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, a classified military manned space station.. Qualifications: Qualified military pilot; graduate of Aerospace Research Pilot School; serving military officer; US citizen by birth..


1967 December 8 - .
  • Astronaut Robert Henry Lawrence Jr dies at age of 32 -- Crash of F-104B while practicing zoom landings. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lawrence, Robert. African-American pilot astronaut, 1967-1967..


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