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Governor John William Carlin with Colonel Joe Engle

Governor John William Carlin with Colonel Joe Engle
Date: 1981
These photographs show Governor John William Carlin with NASA astronauts at the Kansas State Capitol and Governor's office. Other notable individuals in the photographs are: Secretary of State Jack Brier, State Insurance Commissioner Fletcher Bell, and Colonel Joe Engle. Colonel Joe Engle was born in Chapman Kansas, he went on to be a pilot who served in the United States Air Force as a test pilot for the North American X-15 program as well as an aeronautical engineer and NASA astronaut.


Joe Henry Engle

Joe Henry Engle
Date: Between 1981 and 1985
A portrait of astronaut Joe Henry Engle, of Chapman, Kansas, who commanded the second Space Shuttle "Columbia" mission in 1981 and a Space Shuttle "Discovery" mission in 1985. Born August 26, 1932 in Dickinson County, Kansas, Engle graduated from the University of Kansas in 1956.


Major Generals Joe H. Engle and Ralph T. Tice with Governor John Carlin

Major Generals Joe H. Engle and Ralph T. Tice with Governor John Carlin
Date: December 1, 1986
This is a photograph showing Major General Joe H. Engle shaking hands with Governor John Carlin as Major General Ralph T. Tice looks on. The photograph was taken in the Governor's office at the Kansas Capitol in Topeka, Kansas. Major General Joe H. Engle was born August 26, 1932 in Chapman, Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. General Engle served in the United States Air Force where he was a test pilot for the North American X-15 program, an aeronautical engineer, and a former NASA astronaut. Major General Ralph T. Tice served as Kansas Adjutant General from October 1, 1980 to October 17, 1987.


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Poster
Date: 1981
Poster announcing a public welcoming ceremony for astronaut Joe Engle and his wife Mary on the South Lawn of the State Capitol in Topeka on December 3, 1981. Joe H. Engle (1932- ) was born and raised in Chapman, Kansas. He was the commander for the Space Shuttle Columbia's second orbital test flight on November 12, 1981, during which he became the first and only pilot to manually fly the Shuttle through reentry and landing. He retired from NASA and the Air Force in November of 1986, having logged more than 14,700 flight hours, including over 244 hours in space, and having flown over 185 different types of aircraft. Joe Engle was married to Mary Catherine Lawrence of Mission Hills, Kansas.


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