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Albert H. Crews, Jr.
Born (1929-03-23) March 23, 1929 (age 95)
Other namesAlbert Hanlin Crews, Jr.
Alma materUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette, B.S. 1950
Air Force Institute of Technology, M.S. 1959
Occupation(s)Engineer, test pilot
Space career
USAF Astronaut
Rank Colonel, USAF
Selection1962 Dyna-Soar Group 2
1965 USAF MOL Group 1

Albert Hanlin "Al" Crews, Jr. (born March 23, 1929), (Col, USAF, Ret.), is a former American chemical and aeronautical engineer, and U.S. Air Force astronaut, who was briefly included in the X-20 Dyna-Soar program.

Early life and education

He was born on March 23, 1929, in El Dorado, Arkansas. He graduated in 1950 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (then named Southwestern Louisiana Institute) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He earned a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology in 1959.

Test pilot

We didn't really have a pecking order, but Al was our senior guy. He was our leader and the one we all looked up to.

Lachlan Macleay, describing his MOL colleague.[1]

As a USAF Test Pilot School graduate, he was selected as a military astronaut designee in the second group of X-20 Dyna-Soar astronauts on April 20, 1962 and assigned as a Dyna-Soar pilot on September 20, 1962. The Dyna-Soar program was cancelled in 1963. On November 12, 1965 he was selected as an astronaut in the first group for the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) program. He transferred to NASA Flight Crew Directorate at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas in June 1969 when the MOL program was cancelled. He remained a pilot for NASA, flying such aircraft as the "Super Guppy" outsize cargo transport, the WB-57F atmospheric research aircraft and the OV-095 SAIL Space Shuttle simulator until he retired at age 65.

Al Crews, 2009 in San Diego

Personal life

He is married, with three children from his previous marriage: Gail, Marina and Kellee.

  1. ^ "SECRET ASTRONAUTS – Col. Albert H. Crews Jr, USAF".