Astronaut Bill “BORNEO” Gregory

uniphi Space Agency

Astronaut, Military Pilot, Speaker

– United States Astronaut, Retired – Pilot of Space Shuttle Mission STS-67 [Astro 2], setting mission duration world record of nearly 17 days aboard Endeavour.
– US Air Force Pilot, Retired – (Fighter, Test, & Instructor) with 8,000+ hours in 40+ types of aircraft. Currently a Master Certified Flight Instructor – Aerobatic, daily flying the +/-10g Extra-300L aircraft.
– Distinguished Graduate of USAF Academy, BS Engineering Sciences 1979, Guggenheim Fellowship Columbia University, MS Engineering 1980, Troy University, MS Business Management 1984. Recipient of the 1996 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
– Successful Aerospace & Defense business executive, Board of Advisors/Directors for several firms and non-profits, former member of the Arizona Governor’s Commission on Aerospace & Defense. Professional Engineer registered in Colorado.
– Endurance Athlete – has competed in World Championships for Duathlon and the IRONMAN Triathlon. Enjoys waterskiing, wakeboarding, and snow skiing for leisure.
– Eagle Scout.

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“BORNEO” Bill Gregory (Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Retired) is a pilot and a former NASA Astronaut. He flew as the pilot of STS-67

After graduation from the US Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences [1979], he received a Guggenheim Fellowship allowing him to earn a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Columbia University [1980], and later added an MS in Business Management from Troy University [1984]. He served as an operational fighter pilot in the F-111 and also as an instructor pilot prior to attending the USAF Test Pilot School. Upon graduation [1987], Gregory served as a Test Pilot at Edwards Air Force Base, largely flying the F-15, A-7 and F-4 aircraft (all models of each).

Selected as an Astronaut in 1990, in addition to his spaceflight, Gregory worked in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL), as Astronaut Support Personnel at Kennedy Space Center, CAPCOM in the Mission contro Center, Spacecraft Operations Branch chief, as well as other various duties at NASA.

In 1995, Gregory served as the pilot on STS- 67, an astronomical research mission that included 7 crew-members. He was responsible for executing over 200 flawless maneuvers by the shuttle to acquire target galaxies, some 130 million light years away. This flight established a new record of 16 days, 15 hours, 8 minutes and 46 seconds of flight.

After retiring from the Air Force, in his post-NASA career, Gregory went to work for Honeywell where he worked on the ORION Crew Exploration Vehicle before becoming the Vice President of Business Development at Qwaltec, Inc. He is now Advanced Instructor Pilot/Master CFI-Aerobatic for Aviation- Performance-Solutions in Mesa, Arizona.

Awards & Honors Include

  • 1996 Ellis Island Medal of Honor
  • Defense Superior Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Distinguished Graduate of USAF
  • Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient

Organizational Involvement Includes:

  • United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates
  • Arizona Governor’s Commission on Aerospace & Defense
  • Order of Daedalians
  • Board of Directors for Challenger Space Center in Peoria, AZ

Speaking Points Include

  • Life in Space [Or how I learned to sightsee at 25 times the speed of sound!]
  • How Leadership and “Followship” shaped my life and career.
  • What role Teamwork has in making an “ENDEAVOUR” a success.