Happy 66th Birthday to Robert “Hoot” Gibson!

*In addition to serving as pilot and commander of five shuttle missions (STS-41-B, STS-61-C, STS-27, STS-47, and STS-71), Capt. Gibson became a pilot for Southwest Airlines after his retirement from NASA in 1996, and currently competes in air races with vintage aircraft.

Happy 66th Birthday to Robert “Hoot” Gibson!

*In addition to serving as pilot and commander of five shuttle missions (STS-41-B, STS-61-C, STS-27, STS-47, and STS-71), Capt. Gibson became a pilot for Southwest Airlines after his retirement from NASA in 1996, and currently competes in air races with vintage aircraft.

lightthiscandle:

11/14/81: “This spectacular shot of the underside of the Space Shuttle Columbia was taken from the primary photo chase plane by astronaut Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D. Astronaut Robert Gibson, lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, piloted the T-38…Note the trailing wingtip cortex off each wingtip.”

lightthiscandle:

11/14/81: “This spectacular shot of the underside of the Space Shuttle Columbia was taken from the primary photo chase plane by astronaut Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D. Astronaut Robert Gibson, lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, piloted the T-38…Note the trailing wingtip cortex off each wingtip.”

(via asonlynasacan)

Here’s Rhea Seddon and Hoot Gibson with their newborn son Paul during an interview at JSC, August 1982.

Here’s Rhea Seddon and Hoot Gibson with their newborn son Paul during an interview at JSC, August 1982.

STS-71 Commander Hoot Gibson and Mir-18 Commander Vladimir Dezhurov are all smiles while shaking hands after the historic docking of Atlantis and Mir, June 29, 1995.

STS-71 Commander Hoot Gibson and Mir-18 Commander Vladimir Dezhurov are all smiles while shaking hands after the historic docking of Atlantis and Mir, June 29, 1995.

Here’s the crew of STS-41-B having a blast aboard Challenger, February 1984.

Here’s the crew of STS-41-B having a blast aboard Challenger, February 1984.

Hoot Gibson on the flight deck of Challenger during STS-41-B, February 1984.
"FLY NAVY"

Hoot Gibson on the flight deck of Challenger during STS-41-B, February 1984.

"FLY NAVY"