Secret Astronauts
Henry C. Gordon
Credit: US Air Force Courtesy

Henry Charles Gordon (December 23, 1925 September 24, 1996) was a X-20 Dyna-Soar astronaut and a colonel in the United States Air Force.

Gordon was selected as an astronaut in the X-20 Dyna-Soar program in April 1960 and began training at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, California. He retired as an astronaut when the Dyna-Soar program was cancelled on December 10, 1963, having never flown in space.

Gordon flew combat missions in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He remained in the U.S. Air Force after the Dyna-Soar program was cancelled and retired with the rank of Colonel.

Gordon was born in Valparaiso, Indiana. He graduated from the Purdue University in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering. He earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1966. He was married and had four children.

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