Flew on three spaceflights, piloting one and serving as commander on two. He was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in May 2008.
He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a test pilot before being selected as an astronaut in 1978.
He went on to become the Deputy Director for Launch and Payload Processing at the Kennedy Space Center.
He had three children with his wife Susan.
He was a test pilot like astronaut Michael Collins .