McCool, William, CDR

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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
1996-2003, 131X, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Service Years
1979 - 2003

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Home Town
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Last Address
San Diego

Date of Passing
Feb 01, 2003
Location of Interment
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Last Known Activity
  • NASA Astronaut and the Space Shuttle pilot of Space Shuttle Columbia Mission STS-107. CDR McCool was killed when the craft disintegrated during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, 01 FEB 2003

Visit other US Navy Astronauts apart of STS-107 here at NTWS:

CAPT David M. Brown

CAPT Laurel B. Clark
Other Comments:
  • Graduated second of 1,083 in the Class of '83 at the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Presented "Outstanding Student" and "Best DT-II Thesis" awards as graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Class 101.
  • While at Strike Aircraft Test Directorate, he was responsible for management and conducts a wide varity of projects ranging from airframe fatigue life studies to avionics upgrades. With primary efforts dedicated to the flight test of the Advanced Capability (ADVCAP) EA-6B
  • Held the positions of Admin and Operations Officer while attached to VAQ-132
Namesakes / Tributes:
  • McCool Hill in the Columbia Hills on Mars.
  • Guam South Elementary/Middle School was renamed CDR William C. McCool Elementary/Middle School in 29 August 2003.
  • McCool Hall in the Columbia Village Apartments at the Florida Institute of Technology.
  • Willie McCool Track and Field at Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas.
  • The City of Lubbock, Texas dedicated the Willie McCool Memorial on 07 May, 2005.
  • A Gawad Kalinga Village in Moncada, Tarloc, Philippines is to be named USN Commander Willie McCool Village. CDR McCool's Mother-in-Law Atilana Rambayon is from Moncada. Gawad Kalinga is a program to give land for the landless, homes for the homeless, food for the hungry and as a result providing dignity and peace for every Filipino.
  • Camp McCool, in Bagram, Afghanistan. Is home to deployed EA-6B's while in Afghanistan.
CDR McCool's Preflight Video

Flight Day 10 Wake-Up "Hotel California" performed by Lani McCool
note: videos required Real Player to be installed.

These and many other video, audio clips, as well as a complete NASA website on STS-107 can be found HERE.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLVAQ-129 VikingsVAQ-133 WizardsNTPS - Navy Test Pilot School
Naval Strike  Warfare Center (NSWC)VAQ-132 ScorpionsNational Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  1983-1984, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1986-1987, 131X, VAQ-129 Vikings
  1987-1989, 131X, VAQ-133 Wizards
  1989-1992, 131X, NTPS - Navy Test Pilot School
  1992-1994, 131X, Naval Strike Warfare Center (NSWC)
  1994-1996, 131X, VAQ-132 Scorpions
  1996-2003, 131X, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUniversity of Maryland at College ParkNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1979-1983, United States Naval Academy
  1983-1985, University of Maryland at College Park
  1990-1992, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
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