Biographical Data

Frank Borman, Colonel, USAF

Colonel Frank Borman was assigned as Commander of the third manned Apollo flight. He was Commander on the fourteen-day Gemini VII mission.

Colonel Borman entered the Air Force in June 1950 after graduation from West Point. He received his pilots' wings in 1951. From 1951 to 1956 he was assigned to various fighter squadrons in the United States and the Phillipine Islands.

Colonel Borman became an assistant professor of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics at the United States Military Academy in 1957. In 1960 he graduated from the USAF Aerospace Research Pilots School. He remained there as an instructor until 1962 when he was selected by NASA as an astronaut. Colonel Borman served as back-up command pilot for the Gemini IV mission prior to flying on Gemini VII. He has accumulated over 5,200 hours flying time, including 4,300 hours in jet aircraft.

Colonel Borman has been awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the Air Force Command Astronaut Wings. He also received the 1966 American Astronautical Flight Achievement Award and the 1966 Air Force Association David C. Shilling Flight Trophy. He was corecipient of the 1966 Harman International Aviation Trophy.

Colonel Borman was born in Gary, Indiana on March 14, 1928, and was raised in Tucson, Arizona. He graduated from Tucson High School in 1946, the United States Military Academy in 1950 and received a Master of Science Degree (Aeronautical Engineer) from the California Institute of Technology in 1957.

Colonel Borman is married to the former Susan Bugbee of Tucson, Arizona. The Borman's have two sons, Fredrich, age 15 and Edwin, age 13.


Updated February 3, 2003
Steve Garber, NASA History Web Curator
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