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Col. Richard O. Covey, U.S, Air Force (Ret.)
President, Boeing Service Company

Colonel Covey is a veteran of four Space Shuttle flights. He was the pilot of Discovery on the first return-to-flight mission following the Challenger accident, and he was commander of Endeavour on the first mission to service and repair the Hubble Space Telescope. He also held management positions in the Astronaut Office and Flight Crew Operations Directorate. As a fighter pilot, Covey flew 339 combat missions in Southeast Asia. He was an F-4 and A-7D weapons systems test pilot and Joint Test Force Director for electronic warfare testing of the F-15. Covey’s organization at Boeing supports commercial and U.S. government space and communication programs. Earlier, he was Vice President of Boeing’s Houston operations. Covey has received 27 Defense Department and Air Force medals, plus the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement. NASA awarded him the Distinguished Service Medal, the Outstanding Leadership Medal, and the Exceptional Service Medal. For his role on the Hubble servicing mission, Covey and his crew received both the Goddard Trophy and the Collier Trophy. He holds a B.S. in Engineering Sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University, and was named the Outstanding Graduate of his class at the Air Force Test Pilot School.

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