Dick Scobee


May 19, 1939 – January 28, 1986

Commander of the Space Shuttle Challenger on its ill-fated final mission, Francis Richard “Dick” Scobee was an Air Force pilot and astronaut. A combat pilot during the Vietnam war, Scobee became a test pilot and was eventually selected to be a part of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. He piloted Challenger on a successful mission – his only other – two years prior to the disaster. On January 28th, 1986, after a number of weather-related delays and under high pressure to get the shuttle into space to inaugurate the Teacher In Space program, Challenger finally lifted off. Shortly after take off, an O-ring on one of the solid rocket boosters failed and the shuttle was destroyed.  Scobee and the rest of the crew were killed.


Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

Specific Location

Section 46, Lot 1129-4, Grid O-23.5; To the west of the Memorial Amphitheater, just to the left of the large memorials for Challenger and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.


One Response to “Dick Scobee”

  1. He was the cousin of hero from Federal Way, Washington, Roland L. Scobee!

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