Born November 14, 1930 in San Antonia, Texas. Ed received a bachelor's degree
from the United States Military Academy and a master's degree in aeronautical
engineering from the University of Michigan. He also received an honorary
doctorate in astronautics from the University of Michigan. White and his
wife, Patricia Finegan White, have two children, Edward and Bonnie Lynn.
Lieutenant Colonel White was a test pilot in the Air Force and in 1962 was
selected by NASA to become an astronaut. He was selected as the pilot for Gemini 4, a four-day mission that
circled the earth 62 times. At that time, Gemini 4 was the longest manned
mission in space, and Lieutenant Colonel White was the first U.S. Astronaut to
walk in space. He was also the first man to use jet propulsion to maneuver
himself in space. He was subsequently selected to be the Command Module Pilot
for Apollo 1.
While practicing emergency egress procedures in preparation for the Apollo 1
mission, a flash fire consumed the spacecraft. Edward H. White made the
ultimate sacrifice and lost his life in service to the nation and the space
program on January 27, 1967 at 36 years of age.