Biographies of Astronaut and Cosmonaut Candidates


Ernest Arthur (Ernie)


Ernest Olds

Personal data

Birthdate:  14.07.1934
Birthplace:  Salisbury, Maryland
Marital status:  married
Children:  three
Selection date:  ??.??.1965
Position:  PLT
Status:  Ret. 04.04.1966
Day of death:  11.03.1968
Place of death:  Vietnam

Additional information

Colonel USAF. Attended the U.S. Naval Academy 1952-1956. Olds enrolled at the University of Michigan, earning two masters' degrees - one in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and the other in Instrumentation Engineering. In March 1968, aged just 33, he was shot down over hostile territory and was listed as Missing in Action (MIA) until May 02, 1978 when his status was changed to Killed in Action (KIA).


Last update on September 30, 2021.