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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  1973-1974, 131X, NTPS - Navy Test Pilot School


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131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot

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9 Members Also There at Same Time
NTPS - Navy Test Pilot School

Ludwig, III, John Elmer, LCDR OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Brandenstein, Daniel Charles, CAPT, (1965-1992) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Bang, Fred, PO1, (1969-1975) AD AD-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hicks, Robert, CPO, (1960-1982) AM AM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
GROSS, ROBERT, PO1, (1959-1980) AD ADR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Sartorius, Daniel, SCPO, (1971-1997) AD AD-8215 Petty Officer Third Class
Green, Bob, AN, (1971-1977) 00 8800 Airman
Adams, Greg, CPO, (1965-1986) AME Petty Officer First Class
Fejes, Rick, PO3, (1969-1973) AT Petty Officer Third Class

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