Please join us for the Greenville Aviators Association meeting at The Runway Cafe on Tuesday, June 13th @ 6pm.
Our thanks to GAA member Chris Sullivan for helping to get this month’s guest speaker
Our guest speaker will be Henry Taylor
A native of Greenville, Henry Taylor graduated from Greenville High School before enlisting in the United States Air Force where he served as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician (1971-76) and Instructor Flight Engineer on the Lockheed C-141A Starlifter (1976-80).
In 1979, Henry joined NASA as a Quality Assurance Specialist and Flight Engineer, serving at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) until 2012. While on duty with NASA, Henry flew as an Instructor FE and Examiner FE on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA), Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), Super Guppy (SGT) and a variety of other NASA aircraft accumulating more than 10,000 hours in the process.
The STA is a Gulfstream II reconfigured to emulate the flight characteristics of the Shuttle for pilot training; the SCAs are Boeing 747s, extensively modified to ferry Shuttles from landing sites, usually Edwards AFB, back to the Shuttle Landing Facility at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Following his retirement in 2013, NASA retained Henry as the Aircraft Maintenance Officer on the SCA and SGT (2006-10) and as an Examiner FE on the SGT; and as an FE on the SOFIA 747 for the Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) on a part time contract basis in 2013.
Henry has earned FAA certificates and ratings for Airline Transport Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Single-Engine Land with Instrument Rating, Flight Engineer with Turbo Jet and Turbopropeller Ratings, Mechanic with Airframe and Powerplant Ratings (A&P) and Inspection Authorization (IA).
Henry and his wife Sue moved back to Travelers Rest in 2016.
More details on Henry’s career with NASA can be found at an interview he did with the NASA STS Recordation Oral History Project. https://www.jsc.nasa.gov/history/oral_histories/STS-R/TaylorHT/TaylorHT_8-26-11.htm