ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.
Growing up on a farm in the Northeast, Story Musgrave thought he’d be on a farm the rest of his life.
He ended up flying on six space shuttle missions for NASA and earning six academic degrees to date during his 81 years on planet Earth.
Musgrave visited the Museum of Aviation Oct. 13 to help kick off a three-year NASA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grant which will serve students in Houston, Bibb, Peach and Twiggs counties.
Musgrave still owns a farm, but he has also been to war, became a pilot, a trauma surgeon, a college student and a father.
He joined the Marines and was a crew chief during the Korean War.
“I was 18 years old, Private Musgrave, assigning planes to go to war,” he said.
Musgrave isn’t shy about sharing his humble beginnings because his life experiences allowed him to use his talents to propel his careers.
“I come from real life. I had to survive,” he said.