Smith, Michael J., CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
151X-Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer Pilot or NFO
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1980-1986, 151X, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Service Years
1967 - 1986

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Date of Passing
Jan 28, 1986
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Captain Smith was assigned as Pilot on STS-51-L. Captain Smith died on 28 Jan 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after launch from the Kennedy Space Center.



Other Comments:

  • Promoted posthumously by Congress to the rank of Captain.

  • Space Shuttle Mission STSS 51-L was NASA's "Teacher in Space" mission. Concord High School Teacher, Christa McAuliffe was also aboard.

  • Flew 28 different types of civilian and military aircraft, logging 4,867.7 hours of flying time.

  • Chair named in his honor at the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School.

  • Namesake for the Michael J. Smith Airport in Beaufort, North Carolina.

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131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot

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VT-21 Redhawks

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Last Updated: Apr 29, 2007
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31 Members Also There at Same Time
VT-21 Redhawks

Brown, Clyde, CDR, (1968-1993) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Davey, Bruce, LCDR, (1965-1980) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Brich, Robert, CDR, (1966-1990) OFF 110X Ensign
Flores, Pablo, CDR, (1961-1994) OFF 734X Warrant Officer
Cunningham, Bruce, SCPO, (1968-1993) OFF 1710 Airman
Wolf, George, MCPO, (1948-1977) AT ATR-0000 Master Chief Petty Officer
Jones, Bob, MCPO, (1961-1983) AD ADJ-0000 Chief Petty Officer
DOBSON, BEN, PO1, (1964-1973) AD AF-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Morales, John, CPO, (1964-1986) AZ AZ-6313 Petty Officer First Class
Stroud, Marvin, LCDR, (1966-1996) AZ AZ-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Farina, Ron, PO2, (1966-1970) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Forcelle, Rick, CPO, (1967-1993) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
PFEIFER, Michael, PO2, (1969-1977) AT AT-6612 Petty Officer Second Class
Pierce, John, PO2, (1968-1972) AME AME-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Powell, Tom, MCPO, (1965-1994) AMH AMH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Vancleave, Forrest, PO1, (1964-1984) AM AMS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Wells, Timothy, PO2, (1969-1973) AMH AM-8345 Petty Officer Second Class
Craughan, Michael, SCPO, (1970-1992) AMS AMS-8351 Petty Officer Third Class
HAGARTY, MICHAEL, PO2, (1968-1972) AE 8345 Petty Officer Third Class
Keller, Martin, PO1, (1969-1990) AMS AMS-8202 Petty Officer Third Class
Lee, Jack, MCPO, (1969-1992) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
May, Johnny D, PO3, (1967-1971) AK AK-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Payne, Ryland, PO2, (1968-1972) AME AME-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Rasmussen, Jerry, PO3, (1968-1972) AME 8323 Petty Officer Third Class
Chandler, William, PO3, (1968-1971) AD AD-0000 Airman
Sikorski, Richard, CPO, (1960-1990) Petty Officer First Class
Williams, Larry, CPO, (1968-1988) Petty Officer Second Class
Howells, Harry (Skip), CMC, (1967-1997) Petty Officer Third Class
Ward, Ed, SCPO, (1968-1989) Petty Officer Third Class
Baird, Thomas, PO3, (1967-1971) Airman
Seashols, Stuart, CWO4, (1965-2003) Petty Officer Second Class

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