Biographies of Astronaut and Cosmonaut Candidates


Tommy Ila, Jr.


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Personal data

Birthdate:  04.12.1930
Birthplace:  Jacksonville, Texas
Marital status:  married
Children:  three
Selection date:  ??.??.1963
Position:  Pilot
Status:  Ret. ??.??.????
Day of death:  14.02.2011
Place of death:  Torrance, California

Additional information

Brigadier General, USAF, Ret.; Experimental Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California, in 1960; bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1959; master of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1966; master of science in administration / management from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 1972; 1963 as military astronaut - class-4 selected; flew combat missions in Vietnam; was director of development and production in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Research, Development and Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C; 1980 retired from active duties; then manager at Northrop Corp. in Hawthorne, California and teacher in a college; recreational interests include tennis; he later lived in Manhattan Beach, California.


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