Visiting North Bridge House School in North West London, Jon McBride met five pupils from each year to share his experiences of going to space. Astronaut Jon McBride’s visit to the children, aged 11-16, was part of a week-long trip to the UK. He also attended the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham to inspire young visitors.
Jon has flown more than 40 different types of military and civilian aircraft and holds FAA ratings for commercial pilot, instrument and glider. He has logged more than 8,800 hours flying time, including 4,700 hours in jet aircraft.
He became an astronaut in January 1978 and was the pilot of the STS-41-G, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on Oct. 5, 1984 aboard the Challenger orbiter. He guided the first seven-person space shuttle crew to Earth orbit on an eight-day mission to deploy the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite, conducting scientific observations of Earth with the OSTA-3 pallet and Large Format Camera, and demonstrating potential satellite re-fuelling with a spacewalk and associated hydrazine transfer.
Now retired and a Kennedy Space Center Ambassador, Jon devotes his time to encouraging children into science and engineering careers to inspire the future generation of astronauts.