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Born Jan. 23, 1930, in Okemah, Okla. American astronaut. Lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force; member of the air force from 1951.
Pogue received his bachelor’s degree in education from Oklahoma Baptist University, in Shawnee, in 1951 and his master’s degree in mathematics from Oklahoma State University in 1960. From 1960 to 1963 he taught mathematics at the US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo. After his graduation from the test pilot school at Farnborough, Great Britain, he became a test pilot and mastered more than 50 types of American and British aircraft. He subsequently was an instructor at the Aerospace Research Pilot’s School, Edwards Air Force Base, California.
Pogue joined the astronaut group at NASA in 1966. From Nov. 16, 1973, to Feb. 8, 1974, with G. Carr and E. Gibson, he was a member of the third crew of the Skylab orbital station, launched May 14, 1973. He spent 84 days 1 hour 16 minutes in space, covering about 56 million km (completing 1,214 revolutions about the earth), and made two walks in space, lasting a total of 13 hours 34 minutes.