Barry Eugene "Butch" Wilmore (born December 29, 1962) is a NASA astronaut and United States Navy test pilot.[1] He has had two spaceflights, the first of which was an 11-day Space Shuttle mission in November 2009, to the International Space Station. There were five other crew members launched with him on Space Shuttle Atlantis for the mission STS-129; Wilmore was designated as pilot. He most recently served as part of Expedition 41 to the International Space Station.

Prior to being selected as a NASA astronaut in July 2000, Wilmore was an experienced Navy test pilot. He also participated in the development of T-45 Goshawk trainer jet.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Wilmore was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, but was raised in Mount Juliet by his mother Faye and father Eugene. Wilmore has one sibling, a brother named Jack Wilmore, who resides in Franklin, Tennessee. He is married to the former Miss Deanna Newport of Helenwood, Tennessee.[1] Wilmore currently lives in Houston, Texas with his family.[4]


Wilmore graduated from Mt. Juliet High School in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Wilmore has received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree from the Tennessee Technological University in electrical engineering, and a Master of Science in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee.[1] Mr. Wilmore was a member, letterman and team captain of the Tennessee Technological University football team.

Military experienceEdit

Wilmore has over 6,200 hours of flight time and 663 carrier landings, all in tactical jet aircraft,[1] and is a graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS).

During Wilmore's tenure as a fleet Naval officer and pilot, Wilmore completed four operational deployments, flying the A-7E and F/A-18 aircraft from the decks of the aircraft carriers USS Forrestal, USS John F. Kennedy, USS Enterprise and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. He has flown missions in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Southern Watch over the skies of Iraq, as well as missions over Bosnia in support of U.S. and NATO interests. Wilmore successfully completed 21 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm while operating from USS John F. Kennedy. Wilmore's most recent operational deployment was aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower with the "Blue Blasters" of Strike Fighter Squadron 34 (VFA-34), a F/A-18 squadron based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.[1]

As a Navy test pilot Wilmore participated in all aspects of the initial development of the T-45 jet trainer to include initial carrier landing certification and high angle of attack flight tests. His test tour also included a stint at USNTPS as a systems and fixed wing “Flight Test” instructor. Prior to his selection to NASA, Wilmore was on exchange to the Air Force as a “Flight Test” instructor at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California.[1]

NASA experienceEdit

Expedition 41 Wilmore reads about IMAX camera

Wilmore reads instructions for using IMAX camera on International Space Station.

Wilmore was selected as a pilot by NASA in July 2000, and reported for training that August. Following the completion of two years of training and evaluation, Wilmore was assigned technical duties representing the Astronaut Office on all propulsion systems issues including the Space Shuttle Main Engines, solid rocket motor, external tank, and also served on the astronaut support team that traveled to the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, in support of launch and landing operations.[1] He is scheduled to fly to the International Space Station in September 2014 on Soyuz TMA-14M as a member of Expedition 41/42.[5]


Wilmore piloted the Space Shuttle Atlantis for the STS-129 mission to the International Space Station.[6]


Wilmore served as CAPCOM during the ascent and landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on STS-135, the historic final flight of NASA's 30-year Shuttle program.[7]

Expedition 41/42Edit

Wilmore returned to space in September 2014 as a member of the Soyuz TMA-14M long duration International Space Station crew.[8] During this mission, humans manufactured off world for the very first time. The International Space Station's 3-D printer, designed and built by Made In Space, Inc., was used for to print a tool with a design file transmitted from the ground to the printer. The tool was a ratchet wrench needed by Wilmore, who would have had to wait for the tool to be delivered on the next supply mission from Earth. The wrench was later returned to the ground for analysis and testing, along with the other parts printed in space.

Awards and honorsEdit

Barry Wilmore has received numerous medals, awards and honors. These include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal (5), 3 with the Combat "V" designation, the Navy Commendation Medal (6), 3 of which also hold the Combat "V" designation, the Navy Achievement Medal (2), and numerous Unit decorations. He has also received the Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) “Distinguished Naval Graduate” award. He is also on the Initial Naval Flight Training “Commodore's List With Distinction”. He has also won the U.S. Atlantic Fleet “Light Attack Wing One – Pilot Of The Year” (1991) and U.S. Atlantic Fleet "Strike Fighter Aviator of the Year" (1999). Wilmore is the recipient of the Strike Fighter Wing AtlanticScott Speicher Award” for Weapons Employment Excellence (1998). In 2003 Barry Wilmore was inducted to the Tennessee Technological University “Sports Hall of Fame”.[1]

In March 2015, the satirical website ClickHole published a humorous article featuring a fictitious quote from Barry Wilmore.[9]


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Preceded by
Maksim Surayev
ISS Expedition Commander
November 10, 2014 to March 10, 2015
Succeeded by
Terry W. Virts
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