Started college at Penn State and holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate in aerospace engineering.
Joined the United States Air Force where he earned his pilot’s wings, commercial pilot’s license, and went to F4C combat training.
During the Vietnam war, he flew in 144 combat missions. He then became a T-38 instructor pilot and taught an Undergraduate Pilot Training program.
He was one of 3 African Americans to be selected for the 8th class of NASA Astronauts and the first Africa American in space.
In 1983, Guy Bluford flew on STS-8 aboard the Challenger and became the first African American in space, serving as a mission specialist and flight engineer. Two years later, Bluford flew aboard STS-61A, the 1st dedicated German Spacelab mission where he led training and on-orbit flight operations of 76 experiments. He also served as a mission specialist astronaut on STS-39 and flew the STS-53 mission on December 2, 1992 to perform classified Military-Man-in-Space and NASA experiments.
Over the course of his astronaut career with four flights in space, Bluford logged over 688 hours in space and 5,200 hours in high performance jet aircraft.