SYNOPSIS: The pilot for Skylab Four is William R. Pogue, 43, formerly a combat pilot?
Best ECU's of Pogue's face
CU, Pogue in space suit
Working on helicopter
Pogue in classroom
New astronauts' press conference
Simulated moon walking
SL-4 Medical Training
Skylab mini sims
MS - Col. Pogue sitting on OWS mockup
CU - Pogue in space suit
MS - Pogue examines helicopter
CU - Pogue in classroom
LS - Pogue in classroom
CU - Pogue in classroom
LS - Press conference
CU - Pogue in press conference
CU - Pogue looking out window of docking simulator
MS - Docking simulator mating
LS - Pogue in simulated moon walk
CU - Pogue entering centrifuge
MS - Man closes door of centrifuge
LS - Centrifuge in motion
CU - Pogue in space suit - zoom out
CU - Pogue working on medical training
MS - Same action
CU - Same action
CU - Pogue looking through microscope
MS - Pogue operating console
LS - Pogue leaves OWS simulator
MS - Pogue surfaces from CM in egress training
MS - Pogue inflates life raft
CU - Pogue sitting in life raft SEAL
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Background: SYNOPSIS: The pilot for Skylab Four is William R. Pogue, 43, formerly a combat pilot and member of the precision-flying Thunderbirds of the United States Air Force.
A veteran of 4400 hours flying time, Astronaut Pogue flew 43 Air Force combat missions in Korea. From 1955 to 1956, he flew with the Thunderbirds. He holds the Air Force rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Once assigned to the British Ministry of Aviation as a test pilot, Pogue is proficient with more than 50 American and British aircraft.
Holder of a Master's degree in mathematics from Oklahoma State University, Astronaut Pogue has instructed at the Air Force Aerospace Research Pilot School and also has taught mathematics at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Since being named an astronaut in 1966, Colonel Pogue has served as a member of the support crews for the missions of Apollo Seven, Eleven and Fourteen.
Here he practices docking of the lunar module with the Apollo Command/Service Module.
Astronaut Pogue also took his turn at simulated moon walking...
...and he experienced the effects of high-G forces in the centrifuge.
For his work in the space program, Astronaut Pogue was presented with the Johnson Space Centre's Superior Achievement Award it 1970 for helping to validate new flight procedures that contributed to the safe return of the Apollo 13 astronauts.
The Okemah, Oklahoma, native has spent hundreds of hours training for the final Skylab mission...a scheduled 56-day flight and the last of three missions that have been hailed as man's most ambitious and rewarding venture into space.
Scores of experiments and demonstrations to be performed in the orbiting laboratory must be carefully rehearsed many times prior to launch.
After seven years of intense astronaut training, combined with 15 years of prior Air Force experience, Colonel Bill Pogue is ready for the important flight of Skylab Four.