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Vidrine, David Matthew (1943-) American engineer military spaceflight engineer astronaut, 1979-1985.

Bachelor of science in aeronautics from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, 1973. Master of science in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, 1974. Trained as a USAF observer for mission STS-41C, before the USAF decided to eliminate this aspect of the mission in the (late fall of 1983). He was never however officially assigned to mission STS-41C . Worked at Hughes Aircraft, Tucson, Arizona.

Birth Place: Ville Platte, Louisiana.
Status: Inactive.

Born: 1943.11.21.

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Vidrine Chronology

1979 August 1 - .
  • DoD Astronaut Training Group 1 selected. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Casserino; Detroye; Hamel; Higbee; Joseph; Lydon; Payton; Rij; Sefchek; Sundberg; Vidrine; Watterson; Wright. The group was selected to provide shuttle manned spaceflight engineers to operate military payloads.. Qualifications: USAF, Navy, or Army officers with bachelor's degree in science or engineering; four years experience in flying or space-related activities. Vision minimum 20/150 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20. Maximum sitting blood pressure of 140/90. Height between 150 and 193 cm.. 13 were selected from 222 candidates. The existence of the group was secret until 1985.

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