William A. Pailes (Major, USAF)
Born June 26, 1952, in Hackensack, New Jersey, but considers Kinnelon, New Jersey, to be his hometown. Married. He is a former deacon and treasurer of his church in El Segundo, California.
1970: Graduated from Kinnelon High School, Kinnelon, New Jersey
1974: Received a bachelor of science degree in computer science, USAF Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
1974-1975: Attended pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona; trained as a HC-130 rescue pilot in the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service
1978: Attended Squadron Officer School
1981: Received a master of science degree in computer science, Texas A&M University
December 1975 to July 1980 McClellan Air Force Base, California, and Royal Air Force Base, Woodbridge, England. HC-130 pilot in Air Force Rescue.
January 1982 to December 1982 Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Manager, mini-computer operating systems software development.
January 1983 to Present USAF Manned Spaceflight Engineering Program, Los Angeles Air Force Station, California. Manned Spaceflight Engineer.
Space flight experience
Pailes flew on STS-51-J Atlantis (October 3-7, 1985) which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and returned to land at Edwards Air Force Base, California. STS-51-J was the second Space Shuttle Department of Defense mission. It was also the maiden voyage of the Atlantis, the final Orbiter in the Shuttle fleet. At the conclusion of the mission, Pailes had traveled over 1.6 million miles in 98 Earth orbits and logged more than 97 hours in space.