Guy Gardner
Biography Details

 Guy began his flying career flying F-4's in the Vietnam War while stationed at Udorn, Thailand in 1972.  He then served as an F-4 instructor and operational pilot at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. He attended the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in 1975, and served as a test pilot with the 6512th Test Squadron and as an instructor test pilot at the USAF Test Pilot School. In 1979-80, he was operations officer of the 1st Test Squadron at Clark Air Base, Philippines.

image005During his 11 years as a NASA astronaut, Guy worked in many areas of Space Shuttle and Space Station development and support and flew as pilot on two Space Shuttle missions. He first flew in space as pilot on the crew of STS-27, aboard the Orbiter Atlantis, on December 2-6, 1988. The mission carried a Department of Defense payload. Guy next flew as pilot on the crew of STS-35, aboard the Orbiter Columbia, on December 2-10 1990. The mission carried the ASTRO-1 astronomy laboratory consisting of three ultraviolet telescopes and one x-ray telescope.

After his second space flight, Guy returned to the Air Force as Head of the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. In 1992, he retired from the Air Force to rejoin NASA, this time at NASA Headquarters as the Associate Administrator for Space Flight (Russian Programs) with the primary role of Program Director of the joint U.S./Russian Shuttle-Mir Program.  He also served as Mission Director and Director of Quality Assurance.

In 1995, Guy joined the Federal Aviation Administration as Director of the William J. Hughes Technical Center, at the Atlantic City Int'l Airport, in New Jersey. He then moved to FAA Headquarters in 1996 as the Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, leading the government organization responsible for oversight and regulation of civil aviation safety.

During the school years 1998 - 2001, Guy first served as a motivational/educational speaker to students across the country and then as a high school mathematics teacher at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia, and at The Potomac School in Fairfax County, Virginia.  He also student taught physics at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Guy has also served as Principal and Director of Omega Systems Group, a risk management consulting company, and as Vice President for Space Flight Development of Space Adventures, Ltd., a space tourism company. 

From 2004 to 2006, Guy was the Director of Super Project Development at Purdue University, where he helped manage research programs, taught engineering, and supported alumni and community relations and development efforts.

GuyandLinda2From 2006 to 2009 Guy was the head of Riverside Military Academy, a boys college prep boarding and day school for grades 7-12 in Gainesville, GA. 

Guy recently retired as the President of the Williamson College of the Trades, a residential three-year junior college trade school in Media, PA. Williamson is known for instilling good character and work ethic along with trade skills in young men from lower income families.

IMG_2342 (2)In 2014, Guy backpacked the 2185 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

The awesome Linda Gardner is Guy’s wife of over 45 years. She has served as an elementary school teacher and art teacher.  They have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Guy’s volunteer activities have included: member of various advisory boards, speaker to school and civic groups, church youth group leader, adult and youth Sunday school teacher, and Explorer Post leader.


Bachelor of Science Degree with three majors in Astronautics, Mathematics, and Engineering Science from the United States Air Force Academy in 1969 (Distinguished Graduate).

Master of Science Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University in 1970.

Master of Arts Degree in Education from Virginia Tech in 2000 (Certified in Mathematics and Physics).

Numerous Flight, Leadership and Management courses including the Defense Systems Management College, Air Force Command and Staff College, USAF Test Pilot School, USAF Pilot Training, and USAF Instructor Pilot School (Top Graduate at the USAF Test Pilot School and Top Graduate in USAF Pilot Training).

Other Honors and Awards

2 Defense Superior Service Medals, Defense Distinguished Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, Air Force Legion of Merit, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 14 Air Medals, Test Pilot School Outstanding Academic Instructor and Outstanding Flying Instructor, Purdue University Outstanding Aerospace Engineer.


(Updated 07/01/2013)