Encyclopedia Astronautica

Wood, James Wayne (1924-1990) American pilot astronaut, 1962-1963.

BS in aeronautical engineering from Air Force Institute of Technology in 1956. Flew 10 combat missions during World War II and more then 100 in the Korean War. Experimental test pilot at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB. Unsuccessful application for NASA astronaut group 1. Then selected as a pilot for the X-20 Dyna-Soar. Resumed career as a pilot in the USAF. Then Commander, Test Operations, Edwards AFB, California (until 1978). Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel. Later test pilot and Director of Operations, Tracor Flight Systems Inc. in Newport Beach, California.

Birth Place: Paragould, Arkansas.
Status: Deceased.

Born: 1924.08.09.
Died: 1990.01.01.

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Astronaut Category of persons, applied to those trained for spaceflight outside of Russia and China. More...

Associated Flights
  • Dynasoar 3 Crew: Wood. Dynasoar first manned single-orbit flight. Project cancelled December 1963. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • USAF American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. United States Air Force, USA. More...

  • Becker, Joachim, "Space Facts Web Site", http://www.spacefacts.de/, Web Address when accessed: here.

Wood Chronology

1960 April 1 - .
  • USAF Dynasoar Astronaut Training Group selected. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gordon, Henry; Knight; Rogers; Thompson; Wood. The group was selected to provide pilots for X-20A Dyna-Soar spaceplane flights.. Qualifications: Assigned from pool of active USAF and NASA Test Pilots.. Ten test pilots (7 USAF, 3 NASA) underwent physical examinations in August 1959. Seven were secretly selected in April 1960.

1966 July - .
  • Dynasoar 3 (cancelled) - . Crew: Wood. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Wood. Flight: Dynasoar 3. Spacecraft: Dynasoar. Summary: At the time the Dynasoar project was cancelled, the first manned single-orbit flight was planned for July 1966. Jim Wood would have flown the first manned Dyna-Soar..

1990 January 1 - .
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