Received a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and became an assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy. Upon completing the aerospace pilot school at Edwards A.F.B., he served there as an instructor, project officer and test pilot.
Commander of Gemini 7, which made the first rendezvous of spacecraft in orbit.
Served on the board investigating the fire onboard the Apollo spacecraft in the Apollo lunar landing program and directed the re-engineering of the Apollo spacecraft as the Apollo program resident manager.
Commanded Apollo 8, which became the first manned spacecraft to leave the earth’s gravity and journey to the moon where they made 10 lunar orbits.
As a pilot logged over 6,000 hours of flying time.
President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Eastern Airlines during his 16 year tenure.