William Surles McARTHUR, Jr.
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, USA
U.S. AF Retired Colonel
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
Born July 26, 1951 in Laurinburg, North Carolina, USA.
EDUCATION: Graduated from the Military Academy, West Point,
in 1973, (a bachelor of science degree in applied science
and engineering); in 1976 he graduated from the U.S. Army
Aviation School with honours; in 1983 - from the Georgia
Institute of Technology (a master of science degree in aerospace
engineering) and in 1987 - U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.
FAMILY STATUS: Married, has two daughters.
SPECIAL HONORS: Recipient of the Distinguished Service
Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious
Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the NASA Space
Flight Medals (1993, 1995, 2000) and the NASA Exceptional
Service Medal. Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the
University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Recipient of the
Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina's highest civilian
award. 1996 American Astronautical Society Flight Achievement
Award. Recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Order
of Saint Michael. 2000 Robert M. Leich Award from the Army
Aviation Association of America. 2000 Korolev Diploma presented
by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.
HOBBY: Basketball, programming.
McArthur graduated from the Military Academy, West Point,
From 1973 to 1975 he served in the 82nd Airborne Division
at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA.
In 1975-1976 he was at the U.S. Army Aviation School.
From 1976 to 1978 he served at the U.S. Army base in South
In 1978 he was assigned to the 24th Combat Aviation Battalion
in Savannah, Georgia.
In 1983 he graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology
and 1986 he worked as an assistant professor at the Department
of Mechanics of the Military Academy in West Point.
In 1987 he graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School
in Patuxent River and that year he was transferred to the
Johnson Space Center as a test engineer.
McArthur retired from the Army in 2001.
He has logged over 4500 flight hours in 39 different air/spacecraft.
In January 1990 he was selected by NASA as an astronaut.
From July 1990 to July 1991 McArthur was in general space
training at the Johnson Space Center and qualified as a
A veteran of three space flights, McArthur has logged 35
days 2 hr 25 min 57 s in space including 13 hours and 16
min of the EVA time during two space walks.
From October 18 to November 1, 1993 he performed his first
space mission as a mission specialist of the Columbia Space
Shuttle (STS-58) with Laboratory SLS-2. The prime objective
of the mission was to conduct scientific research and experiments.
Up to now, this mission is the longest Space Shuttle mission.
Its duration was 14 days 12 min 32 s.
On November 12-20, 1995 he performed the second mission
as a mission specialist of the Atlantis Shuttle (STS-74) under
the program of the second docking of the Shuttle with the Russian
Orbital Complex Mir. The prime objective of the mission was
to provide the Mir Orbital Complex logistics support including
delivery and installation of the Docking Module intended to
implement the U.S. Space Shuttle docking with the Mir Station
and also conduct of a number of scientific experiments. The
mission duration was 8 days 4 hr 30 min 44 s.
On October 11-24, 2000 he performed the third space mission as a mission specialist of the Discovery Shuttle (STS-92).
The prime objective of the mission was to deliver cargoes onboard
the ISS and conduct the assembly operations.
During the mission he had two space walks of the total duration
of 13 hours 16 min.
The mission duration was 12 days 21 hr 42 min 41 s.
He passed training for a space flight as a commander within
the ISS-8 Backup Crew.
Presently he is training for a space flight as a commander
within the ISS-10 Backup Crew.
By the data of Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, NASA, USA