Francis "Dick" Scobee

Born May 19, 1939 in Cle Elum, Washington.  Francis “Dick” Scobee earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Arizona.  Scobee and his wife, June Kent Scobee, have two children, Kathie and Richard.

Lt. Col. Scobee was a pilot in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.  He was a test pilot before being selected by NASA to become an astronaut in 1978.  He was pilot of the Challenger STS 41-C in 1984, a mission that successfully retrieved, repaired and redeployed the damaged Solar Maximum Satellite.

Scobee was the commander of space shuttle Challenger STS 51-L, which broke apart one minute and 13 seconds after its launch.

Francis “Dick” Scobee made the ultimate sacrifice and lost his life in service to the nation and the space program on January 28, 1986 at 46 years of age.