“Astronaut” Guy Gardner Hand Signed 3X5 Card W/ RARE Stamp Todd Mueller COA

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Guy
Spence Gardner
 (born
January 6, 1948) is a United States Air Force officer and a former astronaut. He holds the rank of colonel. He flew as pilot
on two Space Shuttle missions, STS-27 and STS-35. Gardner was also the 12th president of the Williamson
Free School of Mechanical Trades
. Gardner
was born January 6, 1948, in Altavista, Virginia, and
grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. He
was active in the Boy Scouts of America where
he achieved its second highest rank, Life Scout. He graduated from George
Washington High School
 in Alexandria, Virginia in 1965;
received a Bachelor of Science degree
with majors in AstronauticsMathematics, and Engineering Sciences from
the United States Air Force
Academy
 in 1969 and a Master of Science degree in Astronautics from Purdue University in 1970. Gardner completed U.S. Air
Force pilot training at Craig Air Force Base,
Alabama, and F-4 Phantom II upgrade
training at MacDill Air Force Base,
Florida in 1971. In 1972, he flew 177 combat missions in Southeast Asia while
stationed in Udorn,
Thailand
. In 1973–74, he was an F-4 instructor and operational pilot
at Seymour Johnson Air Force
Base
, North Carolina. He attended the USAF Test Pilot School
at Edwards Air Force Base,
California, in 1975, and served as a test pilot at Edwards in 1976. In 1977–78,
he was an instructor test pilot at the USAF Test Pilot School. In 1979–1980, he
was operations officer of the 1st Test Squadron at Clark Air Base, Philippines. Gardner was selected as a pilot
astronaut by NASA in May 1980. During his 11 years as an astronaut, he worked
in many areas of Space Shuttle and Space Station development and support. In
1984, he was assigned as pilot on STS-62-A, the first Space Shuttle mission to launch from Vandenberg AFB,
California. That mission was later canceled. Gardner first flew in space as
pilot on the crew of STS-27, aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, on
December 2–6, 1988. The mission carried a Department
of Defense
 payload and is noteworthy due to the severe damage
Atlantis sustained to its critical heat-resistant tiles during ascent. Gardner
next flew as pilot on the crew of STS-35, aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia, on
December 2–10, 1990. The mission carried the ASTRO-1 astronomy laboratory
consisting of three ultraviolet telescopes and one x-ray telescope. Gardner
left NASA in June 1991 to command the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards Air
Force Base, California. In August 1992, Gardner retired from the Air Force and
returned to NASA to direct the joint U.S. and Russian Shuttle-Mir Program. In
1995, Gardner joined the Federal Aviation Administration as Director of the
William J. Hughes Technical Center, at the Atlantic City Int’l Airport, in New
Jersey. He then moved to FAA Headquarters in 1996 as the Associate
Administrator for Regulation and Certification (now Aviation Safety), leading
the government organization responsible for oversight and regulation of civil
aviation safety



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