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Frank Borman Biography

Frank Borman (Frederick) II is a retired the United States Air Force colonel, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, businessman, rancher, and NASA astronaut. He was the commander of Apollo 8, the first mission to fly around the Moon, and together with crewmates Jim Lovell and Bill Anders.

On becoming the first of 24 humans to do so, for which he was awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. As of 2019, he is the oldest living former American astronaut, eleven days older than Lovell.

Frank Borman Age

Borman was born 14th March 1928 in Gary, Indiana in the U.S. He is 91 years old as of 2019. His zodiac sign is Pisces

Frank Borman Family| Early Life

Borman II was born at 2162 West 11th Avenue in Gary, Indiana to parents Edwin Otto Borman and his wife Marjorie Ann Pearce. He was named after his paternal grandfather, Christopher Borman.

Frank Borman suffered from numerous sinus and mastoid problems in the cold and damp weather. His father packed up the family and moved to the better climate of Tucson, Arizona, which Borman considers his home town. His father bought a lease on a Mobile service station.

Frank Borman

On one such visit, his Dad took him for a five-dollar ride with a barnstorming pilot in an old biplane. He was captivated by the feel of the wind and the sense of freedom that flight creates. His best friend was a neighbor, Wayne Crutchfield.

Frank Borman Education

Borman attended Sam Hughes Elementary School in Tucson, where he played soccer and baseball. He then went to Mansfield Junior High, where he tried out for the American football team. After Mansfield, Borman went on to Tucson High School, where he was an honor student.

Unlike the junior high schools in the area, the high school was racially integrated. He played quarterback on the junior varsity team and then became the second-string quarterback on the varsity team.

He also started dating Susan Bugbee, a sophomore at his school.

Borman also built model airplanes out of balsa wood. He was helping a friend build model planes when he mentioned to his friend’s father that he wanted to go to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

His parents did not have the money to send him to an out-of-state university, and neither the University of Arizona.

Arizona State University offered top-notch aeronautical engineering courses at that time. His football skills were insufficient to secure a sports scholarship, so he had volunteered to join the Army, with the aim of qualifying for college tuition under the G.I. Bill.

Frank Borman Airforce

The top students in the class had the privilege of choosing which branch of flying they would pursue; Borman elected to become a fighter pilot. He was therefore sent to Williams Air Force Base, near Phoenix, in February 1951 for advanced training. Fighter pilots were being sent to Korea, where the Korean War had broken out the year before.

He asked for and was assigned to Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix. Susan was eight months pregnant but at the last minute, his orders were changed to Nellis Air Force Base. There, he practiced aerial bombing and gunnery. His first child, Frederick Pearce, was born there in October.

Borman received his pilot wings. Soon after, Borman suffered a perforated eardrum while practicing dive-bombing with a bad head cold. His orders were changed, instead of going to Korea, he was ordered to report to Camp Stoneman. From there, he boarded a troop transport, the USNS Fred C. Ainsworth, bound for the Philippines.

Susan sold the Oldsmobile to buy air tickets to join him. He was assigned to the 44th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, which was based at Clark Air Base, and commanded by Major Charles McGee, a veteran fighter pilot.

Clark Air Base

Initially, Borman was restricted to non-flying duties due to his eardrum, although it had healed, the base doctors feared it would rupture again if he flew.

He persuaded McGee to take him for flights in a T-6, and then a Lockheed T-33, the trainer version of the Shooting Star. This convinced the doctors, and Borman’s flight status was restored. His second son, Edwin Sloan, was born at Clark in July 1952.

Borman returned to the United States, where he became a jet instrument flight instructor at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. He secured a transfer to Luke Air Force Base. Most of his flying was on F-80s, F-84s, swept-wing F-84Fs, and T-33s.

He received orders to join the faculty at West Point, after first completing a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering.

Frank Borman Nasa

Borman moved with his family to Houston, Texas, where the Manned Spacecraft Center was still being established, and signed his first house-building contract, for $26,500 to $219,000. Following the precedent set by the Mercury Seven, each of the Nine was assigned a special area.

In which to develop expertise that could be shared with the others and to provide astronaut input to the designers and engineers. Borman’s assignment was the Titan II booster used by Project Gemini, although he had no experience in that area.

The assignment involved many trips to the Martin Marietta plants in Denver, Colorado, and Baltimore, Maryland, hence where Titan IIs were built. His responsibility included the Emergency Detection System developed for an abort situation.

Borman agreed with Wernher von Braun that reliance would have to be placed on automated systems in situations where human reaction time would not be fast enough.

Project Gemini

This was much to the consternation of old hands like Warren J. North, the NASA Chief of the Flight Crew Support Division, who did not accept the notion that an automated system was superior to the skill of a human being.

There was also classroom work. Initially, each of the astronauts was given four months of classroom instruction on subjects such as spacecraft propulsion, orbital mechanics, astronomy, computing, and space medicine. There was also familiarization with the Gemini spacecraft, Titan II and Atlas boosters, and the Agena target vehicle.

Jungle survival training was conducted at the USAF Tropic Survival School at Albrook Air Force Station in Panama, desert survival training at Stead Air Force Base in Nevada together with water survival training on the Dilbert Dunker at the USN school at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida and on Galveston Bay.

There were fifty hours of geology, with field trips to the Grand Canyon and Meteor Crater in Arizona. Borman thought it was a waste of time. “I didn’t care about picking up rocks,” he later told an interviewer, “I wanted to beat the Soviets to the Moon”.

Frank Borman Retirement

Borman and Susan left Miami and moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico. For a time, he was the majority owner of a Las Cruces Ford dealership founded by his son, Fred. He was a member of the boards of directors of Home Depot hence National Geographic, Outboard Marine Corporation, Automotive Financial Group, Thermo Instrument Systems, and American Superconductor.

He became CEO of Patlex Corporation in 1988. That year, he published an autobiography, Countdown, co-written with Robert J. Serling. Borman purchased a cattle ranch in the Bighorn Mountains of southern Montana in 1998, where he and his wife lived for nearly two decades hence running 4,000 head of cattle on 160,000 acres 65,000 ha.

In addition to tending cattle, Borman continued his hobbies in rebuilding and modeling aircraft. He is a member of the Society of Antique Modelers. Following John Glenn’s death in December 2016, Borman became the oldest living American astronaut.

He is eleven days older than his Apollo 8 crewmate, Jim Lovell. Both celebrated their 90th birthdays in March 2018. Borman gave the commencement address to the University of Arizona’s 2008 graduating class. Thus, he was reunited with Lovell and Anders for celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8 in December 2018 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

This was where the spacecraft they orbited the Moon in is on display. “I have never said it before publicly,” declared Borman, “but these two talented guys, I’m just proud that I was able to fly with them. It was a tough job done in four months, and we did a good job.”

Frank Borman Awards

Golden Plate Award in 1969
Tony Jannus Award in 1986
Society of Experimental Test Pilots James H. Doolittle Award in 1976
Tony Jannus Award in 1986
Airport Operators Council International Downes Award in 1990
NASA Ambassador of Exploration Award in 2012
Harmon Trophy
Hubbard Medal
Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy