William Surles McARTHUR, Jr.
Flight Engineer of the Soyuz TMA TSC,
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 – the U.S. Naval Test
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
HOBBY: Basketball, running, 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, where he served as a company commander,
platoon leader and operatopms officer.
In 1983 he graduated
from the Georgia Institute of Technology and till 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
Compartment 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 commander in the
ISS-8 and ISS-10 Backup Crews.
Presently he is training
for a space flight as commander in the ISS-12 Prime Crew.
Based on the data presented by Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, NASA, USA