James W. Wood Astronaut

James Wayne Wood (1924–1990) was an American astronaut in the X-20 Dyna-Soar program. He was born in Paragould, Arkansas on August 9, 1924. Wood earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1956. He was serving as an experimental test pilot at the Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, California when selected for the X-20 Dyna-Soar program. Wood was the senior test pilot on the Dyna-Soar project and was slated to be the pilot on its first sub-orbital mission. If the program had not been cancelled, the first drop test would have been in July, 1964. After the Dyna-Soar program was cancelled on December 10th,1963, he remained with the U.S. Air Force and served as Commander of Test Operations at Edwards Air Force Base. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of colonel. He was married and had three children. He died on January 1, 1990 of natural causes. Fun Fact: The X-20 project was cancelled the same day that Chuck Yeager injured himself while being ejected from a tumbling NF-104A.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 9th, 1924
United States of America
Date of death
January 1st, 1990 at age of 65
Places lived
Arkansas , United States of America
pop. 2,959,373 (2013)


1. Air Force Institute of Technology Colleges/University

The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) is a graduate school and provider of professional and continuing education that is part of the United States Air Force. It is located on Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. A component of Air University and Air Education and Training Command, AFIT has been offering degrees since 1956 and was founded in 1919. Its primary purpose is to provide continuing specialized education to select officer and enlisted US military personnel and civilian employees at the graduate level. Previous names for AFIT include the Air School of Application and the Air Corps Engineering School.

Type Graduate school
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2950 Hobson Way, Ohio
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Official web page www.afit.edu
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