Fighter pilot and aeronautical engineer Richard Truly became a NASA astronaut candidate in August 1969, flying Approach and Landing Tests of the Space Shuttle orbiter and two spaceflights (STS-2 and STS-8). He went on to serve as the Agency’s eighth Administrator from 1989–1992.
Before becoming a NASA Astronaut in 1969, Truly was chosen as an astronaut for the U.S. Air Force’s Manned Orbiting Laboratory program in 1965.
Truly received the prestigious Collier Trophy in 1988 for his role in returning NASA to crewed missions after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
Richard Truly was the first former astronaut to become a NASA Administrator.
Former Astronaut and NASA Administrator
A Naval Aviator and test pilot, Richard Truly was chosen as NASA astronaut in 1969. He flew Approach and Landing Test flights for the Shuttle, was the pilot for STS-2, and commanded the STS-8 Shuttle mission.