Biographies of Astronaut and Cosmonaut Candidates


Myrtle K. Thompson "Kay"


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Personal data

Birthdate:  03.06.1925
Birthplace:  Salma, North Carolina
Marital status:  married
Children:  one (?)
Selection date:  01.02.1960
Position:  Pilot
Status:  Ret. 01.06.1963
Day of death:  22.12.2019
Place of death:  ?

Additional information

Named "Captain K."; belonged to the first female group, which was not accepted from the NASA; later working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as pilot. By 1951, she held a Commercial Pilots license with Airplane Single and Multi-Engine Land ratings, Instrument ratings, and was a certified Flight Instructor, Flight Instrument Instructor and Ground Instructor. In 1946, she joined the staff of the Johnstonian Sun newspaper in Selma, North Carolina, writing the weekly aviation column "Air Currents," later moving it to the Raleigh News and Observer where it ran from 1953 to 1960. She was was enshrined in the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame on April 26, 2003. In 2007 she received a Dotorate of science (honoris causa) from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.


Last update on July 02, 2021.