James A. “Jim” McDivitt

Preferred Name: Jim
Nickname/Call Sign: Jim
Date of Birth: June 10, 1929
Headed West Date: October 13, 2022
Highest Military Grade Held: Brigadier General, 07
Hometown: Tucson, AZ

James A. “Jim” McDivitt joined the Air Force as an Aviation Cadet shortly after the start of the Korean War.

After graduating from pilot training, he went to Korea, where he flew 145 combat missions in F-80s and F-86s.

After serving in a few fighter squadrons in the U.S., he applied for school and was sent to the University of Michigan.

After graduation, he went to the Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, CA. He was then selected in the second group of astronauts.

In 10 years with NASA, he flew two space flights and managed the Apollo Spacecraft program for most lunar landings.

After 22 years in the USAF, he retired and embarked on a business career that included an electric and gas company, a railcar builder, and a worldwide engineering and construction company.

He finally joined Rockwell International, where he held various senior positions.

He retired permanently in 1996.

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