National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinee Charles Bolden is one of the most accredited pilots in USMC and NASA history. Bolden overcame adversity to enter the U.S. Naval Academy, earning a B.S. in Electrical Science. Shortly after, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 1968. Bolden would serve 34 years in the USMC, retiring as a Major General. Obtaining a master’s degree shortly after his time in Vietnam, Bolden also began operating as a Naval test pilot, accumulating over 6,000 hours of flying test flights. In 1980, Bolden was selected as a NASA Astronaut and traveled to space in the space shuttle four times, commanding two missions. Not long after Barack Obama nominated Bolden as the 12th Administrator of NASA, under his command, NASA developed the (SLS) Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft. Designed for deep space travel and taking humanity to Mars. Dr. Bolden still maintains an active role at NASA and other Aviation agencies.
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