Biographies of Astronaut and Cosmonaut Candidates


William Porter


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Personal data

Birthdate:  13.01.1930
Birthplace:  Nashville / Tennessee
Marital status:  married
Children:  four
Selection date:  ??.??.1958
Position:  PLT
Status:  Ret. 02.04.1959
Day of death:  02.12.2005
Place of death:  Crownsville / Tennessee

Additional information

Vice Admiral, USN, Ret.; test pilot; semi finalist in NASA group 1 selection, but disqualified, when a minimum heart murmur was discovered; on 28.06.1967 shut down over North Vietnam and for six years prisoner of war; later Chair of Naval Leadership at the Naval Academy and President of the Association of Naval Aviation; father of astronaut Wendy Lawrence.


Last update on December 05, 2022.