Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston,Texas77058 AC713 483-5111
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March 16, 1978
NASA NAMES ASTRONAUT CREWS FOR EARLY SHUTTLE FLIGHTS
Four two-man crews have been selected to begin training for early
John W. Young, 47, commander; Robert L. Crippen, 40, pilot:
Joe H. Engle, 45, commander; Richard H. Truly, 40, pilot
Fred W. Haise, 45, commander; Jack R. Lousma, 42, pilot
Vance D. Brand, 46, commander; Charles G. Fullerton, 41, pilot
Young and Crippen will be the prime flight crew for the first
orbital flight test lOFT-l) scheduled for launch from NASA's Kennedy
Space Center in the spring of 1979.
Engle and Truly will be their backup crew.
Flight assignments for the others named today will be made at a
NASA plans a series of six orbital flight tests, each of
increasing complexity, to check out the nation's first reusable
the 75-ton orbiter will