The Armstrong Air & Space Museum Association is honored and pleased to announce that renowned astronaut and aviator, Gregory H. Johnson (Colonel, United States Air Force, Retired) has joined the Association’s Board of Trustees. As a longtime friend of the museum and the former President and Executive Director for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Johnson brings his extraordinary knowledge and expertise to the Board during this milestone anniversary year.
Johnson is a graduate of Park Hills High School in Fairborn, Ohio, and attended the U.S. Air Force Academy. A pilot and flight instructor, he was deployed to the Middle East and flew 34 combat missions in support of Operation Desert Storm. He flew an additional 27 combat missions during Operation Southern Watch before serving as an Air Force test pilot. During his career Johnson logged more than 5,000 flight hours in 50 different aircraft.
Johnson was selected for NASA’s Astronaut program in 1998. He served as pilot of the Shuttle Endeavour on STS-123 for the 25th shuttle/space station assembly mission. He also piloted the Shuttle Endeavour on STS-134 during its final flight and served as the lead robotic arm operator for the shuttle and space station. Johnson has also served in numerous roles for NASA including as a CAPCOM for several missions. He was assigned to the Shuttle Cockpit Avionics Upgrade (CAU) council – redesigning cockpit displays for future Space Shuttle missions. Johnson now serves as an aerospace consultant and STEM advocate.
The Armstrong Air & Space Museum Association Board of Trustees is excited to have someone with such an incredible background and wealth of knowledge in the areas of flight and space exploration join the Board to help lead the museum into the future. The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is one of more than 50 historical sites and museums across Ohio managed by the Ohio History Connection. It is locally managed by the Armstrong Air & Space Museum Association and is accredited by the American Association of Museums.