November 14, 2008
Air Force Lt. Col. Eric A. Boe is serving as the pilot for the NASA space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-126 mission. Launched November 14, 2008, the flight is delivering equipmentto the International Space Station that will enable larger crews to reside aboard the
Eric pilots Endeavour on its 15 day mission as it carries a reusable logistics module that will hold supplies and equipment essential to sustain a crew of six on the International Space Station, including additional crew quarters, a second treadmill, equipment for the regenerative life support system and spare hardware. STS-126 isthe 27th shuttle mission to the International Space Station.
From over 3,000 applicants, Eric was selected as one of 17 astronaut candidates in the class of 2000. Prior to his selection, Eric piloted a variety of aircraft. He has served as a combat ready pilot in the F-4E, a T-38 instructor pilot, and an F-15C flight commander. He flew 55 combat missions over Iraq in support of Operation Southern Watch, and also served as a test pilot flying all models of the F-15 and the UH-1N. In all, Eric has logged over 4,000 flight hours in more than 45 different aircraft. As the pilot of Endeavour,Eric will be making his first spaceflight.
Eric has offered to take the “Hertz Foundation” into space. He will be carries a flag displaying the names of the Hertz Fellows, Directors, current Interviewers, and staff. We hope his schedule will allow him to join us at the March 2009 symposium to presentthe flag in person.
For images of Col. Boe in space, go to: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html