Charles Bolden: Introduction (01:28)
Bolden grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, dreaming of becoming a pilot. He joined the Marine Corps, became a test pilot, flew four missions on the Space Shuttle, helped deploy the Hubble Space Telescope, and became deputy commandant of the Naval Academy.
Bolden's Early Years (06:09)
Bolden was born in August 1946 to educators; he reflects on growing up in the segregated South. Bolden dreamed of attending the Naval Academy and wrote letters to senators and Lyndon B. Johnson. He attended Annapolis in 1963 and decided to become a Marine aviator.
Flight Career (05:24)
Bolden graduated from the Naval Academy and attended flight training in Pensacola, Florida; he chose to fly jets. Bolden recalls watching the lunar landing on television. He flew the A-6 intruder and was assigned to Namphong, Thailand in 1972. He returned stateside in 1973 and served in various assignments and decided to become a test pilot.
NASA Astronaut (05:38)
Bolden did not initially apply to man the Space Shuttle, but applied for the second group. He attended astronaut training for six years and was assigned to a Columbia mission; he went into space for a week in January 1986. Bolden recalls the Challenger disaster.
Space Flights (02:31)
Bolden went into space a second time, four years after the Challenger disaster, and helped deploy the Hubble Space Telescope. He was mission commander on his third and fourth flights; STS-60 was his last trip into space.
Bolden's Later Career (01:34)
Bolden returned to the Marine Corps in 1995. He took command of a Marine aircraft wing at Miramar and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Kuwait. He retired from the Corps in 2003 and returned to Charleston, South Carolina.
Credits: Legends of Air Power: Charles Bolden (00:30)
Credits: Legends of Air Power: Charles Bolden
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