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Gregory Carl Johnson Status: Active. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Pilot. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: Two. Birth Date: 30 July 1954. Birth City: Seattle. Birth State: Washington. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Group: 1998 NASA Group. Date Selected: 04 June 1998.

NASA Official Biography

NAME: Gregory C. Johnson (Mr.)
NASA Astronaut Candidate (Pilot)

Born July 30, 1954 in Seattle, Washington. Married to the former Christine R. Scott. They have 2 children, Scott (21) and Kent (18). Recreational interests include running, cycling and auto repair. His father, Raleigh O. Johnson, resides in Everett, Washington. His mother, Mary Ann Johnson, is deceased. Her parents are Earl and Patricia Scott of Seattle, Washington.

West Seattle High School, Seattle, Washington, 1972.
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Washington, 1977.

Society of Experimental Test Pilots; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Tau Beta Pi Honorary Engineering Society; Naval Reserve Association.

NASA William A. Korkowski Excellence in Achievement Award, VA-128 Attack Pilot of the Year, Carrier Airwing Fifteen Top Ten Tailhook Pilot, Carrier Airwing Fourteen Top Ten Tailhook Pilot, Navy Commendation Medals (3), Navy Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and numerous other USN decorations.

Johnson received his commission through the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate Program at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fl. in September 1977. He received his Naval Aviator wings in December 1978 and following training was designated an instructor pilot in TA-4J aircraft. In 1980 he transitioned to A-6E aircraft completing 2 deployments in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. In 1984 he reported to the United States Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. After graduation he reported to the Naval Weapons Center, China lake CA. performing flight test in A-6 and F/A-18 aircraft. Following his flight test tour he reported to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island WA. as the maintenance deartment head in an operational A-6 squadron. During this tour he completed another western Pacific and Indian Ocean deployment as well as a Northern Pacific deployment. He resigned his commission in 1990 and accepted a position at the NASA JSC Aircraft Operations Division. Johnson is a Captain in the United States Naval Reserve and has served as the commanding officer of three Naval Reserve units. He is the current Commanding Officer of Naval Research Lab 510 in Houston, TX. He has logged over 7,400 flying hours in 50 aircraft and 500 carrier landings.

In April 1990, Johnson was accepted as an aerospace engineer and research pilot at the NASA JSC Aircraft Operations Division, Ellington Field, TX. He qualified as a T-38 instructor, functional check flight and examiner pilot, as well as Gulfstream I aircraft commander, WB-57 high altitude research pilot and KC-135 co-pilot. Additionally, he conducted flight test programs in the T-38 aircraft including JET-A airstart testing, T-38N avionics upgrade testing and the first flight of the T-38 inlet redesign aircraft. In 1994 he assumed duties as the Chief, Maintenance & Engineering Branch responsible for all maintenance and engineering modifications on NASA JSC aircraft.

Selected by NASA in June 1998, he reported for training in August 1998. Astronaut Candidate Training includes orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training and ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as learning water and wilderness survival techniques. Following a period of training and evaluation, Johnson will receive technical assignments within the Astronaut Office before being assigned to a space flight.

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