Sherwood C. "Woody" Spring
Currently Director, U.S. Army Space Program Office, Fairfax, Virginia
Born September 3, 1944, in Hartford, Connecticut, but considers Harmony, Rhode Island, to be his hometown. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Spring, reside in Stuart, Florida.
See Woody Spring's flight suit in a great wall display at Appleby's Bar & Grille in Greenville, RI!
Light brown hair; blue eyes; height: 5 feet 7 inches; weight: 140 pounds.
Graduated from Ponaganset High School, Chepachet, Rhode Island
, in 1963; received a bachelor of science degree in General Engineering from the United States Military Academy in 1967 and a master of science degree in Aerospace
Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1974. Graduated from the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School in 1976.
Married to the former Collette D. Cooper of Tucson, Arizona. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Cooper, reside in Tucson.
Sarah Elizabeth, July 18, 1981; Justin Edward, March 11, 1984.
He enjoys flying, scuba diving, running, skiing, and carpentry.
Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the United States Army Association; and lifetime member of the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy.
1 Distinguished Flying Cross, 2 Army Bronze Stars, 1 Army Meritorious Service Medal, 3 Army Commendations, 9 Army Air Medals, a Vietnam Cross of
Gallantry with Palm, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medals, and NASA Space Flight Medal. Recipient, in 1986, of two honorary
doctorate degrees; Doctor of Science, and Doctor of Humane Letters.
After graduation from West Point in 1967, Spring spent an additional year attending various military schools including microwave and radio
communications, airborne and ranger training. Then he served two tours of duty in Vietnam. The first was from 1968 to 1969 with the 101st
Airborne Division. The second tour, 1970-1971, came immediately after flight school and was served as a helicopter pilot with the 1st Cavalry
Division. Upon return, he received fixed wing training en route to a master's degree program with the University of Arizona in 1974. After a short
tour at Edwards Air Force Base, California, as a flight test engineer, he attended the Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland. He then
returned to the Army's Flight Test Facility at Edwards AFB to complete 4 years as an experimental test pilot. He was serving as operations officer
for the 19th Aviation Battalion in Korea, when advised of his selection by NASA.
He has military and civilian experience in 25 types of airplanes and helicopters and has logged more than 3,500 hours flying time -- including over 1
,500 hours in jet aircraft.
Spring was selected as an astronaut in May 1980. His technical assignments have included software verification at the Shuttle Avionics Integration
Laboratory and Flight Simulation Laboratory; vehicle and satellite integration at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, for STS-5, 6, 7, 8, and 9;
Astronaut Office EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) expert; and Space Station construction, EVA maintenance, and design..
Spring served as a mission specialist on STS 61-B which flew November 26 thru December 3, 1985. During that mission he was responsible for
launching three communication satellites and performed two space walks or Extravehicular Activities (EVA's). The EVA's, which totaled more than
12 hours, investigated Space Station construction techniques, large structure manipulation while on the end of the remote arm, and a time and
motion study for comparison between Earth training and Space performance.
With the completion of this flight he logged a total of 165 hours in space.
Biographical info and photo from web site of Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas