Born in Charleston; but, calls Beckley, West Virginia his home town.
Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the US Naval Postgraduate School.
Distinguished Alumni of West Virginia University. Additional graduate work in Human Resource Management at Pepperdine University.
Designated as a Naval Aviator 1966. Flew 64 combat missions over Vietnam.
Attended Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, CA.
Over 8800 hours in more than 40 types of military and civilian aircraft. Over 600 aircraft carrier landings.
Selected by NASA in 1978 in the first class of Space Shuttle Astronauts. Flew as the Pilot on STS-41G in 1984 with the first crew of seven.
Scheduled to command STS-61E in March of 1986; a flight that was canceled in the wake of “Challenger”.
Served as NASA assistant administrator (Congressional Relations) until retirement from active duty.
Currently, Director of Astronaut Education Programs at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
McBride will be discussing the future of NASA and the space program.