Major General (Retired) | NASA
Major General (Retired) Roy D. Bridges, Jr. piloted the Space Shuttle Challenger on the 8-day Space Lab 2 mission. As a pilot, test pilot and astronaut, he flew 4460 hours in a variety of aircraft. During his Air Force career, key assignments included being the Commander, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Commander, Eastern Space and Missile Center, Patrick AFB and Commander, 412th Test Wing, Edwards AFB. General Bridges retired from Northrop Grumman on January 31, 2019, after a 13-year tenure. Prior to Northrop Grumman, Bridges was the Center Director of both NASA’s Langley Research Center and Kennedy Space Center.
Bridges also recently released a memoir, “An Improbable Astronaut: How a Georgia farmboy wound up flying the Space Shuttle.”