Henry C. Gordon

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Henry Charles Gordon
United States Air Force Astronaut
Nationality American
Status Deceased
Born (1925-12-23)December 23, 1925
Valparaiso, Indiana
Died Peoria, Arizona
Other occupation
Purdue University, University of Southern California
Rank Colonel, United States Air Force
Selection 1960 Dyna-Soar Group 1

Henry Charles Gordon (December 23, 1925 - September 24, 1996) was an American astronaut and a colonel in the United States Air Force. He worked on the Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar program.

Early life[edit]

Gordon was born in Valparaiso, Indiana. In 1950 he earned his bachelors degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University, and in 1966 he earned his masters degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.[1]


Gordon was in the Air Force, and flew combat missions in the Korean and Vietnam wars.[2] He was selected as an astronaut in the X-20 Dyna-Soar program in April 1962 and began training at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California.[3] He retired as an astronaut when the Dyna-Soar program was cancelled on December 10, 1963, having never flown in space. He remained in the U.S. Air Force after the Dyna-Soar program was cancelled and retired from the Air Force with the rank of Colonel.[4]

Gordon died in Peoria, Arizona in 1996.


  1. ^ "Biographies of U.S. Astronauts". Spacefacts. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Biographies of U.S. Astronauts". Spacefacts. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Erickson, Lance K. (2010). Space Flight: History, Technology, and Operations. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 262. 
  4. ^ "Deceased Astronauts and Cosmonauts". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved November 14, 2013.