Photo by Kathy
Barnstorff, NASA Media Office
NASA’s lead shuttle flight director Paul Dye speaks with
AirVenture attendees at his RV-8.
31, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Paul Dye grew up in Minnesota,
in a suburb of the Twin Cities, knowing he wanted to build airplanes.
He probably wouldn’t have guessed back then
that some day he would oversee space shuttle flights, but Dye is NASA’s
lead shuttle flight director. If the shuttle Endeavour lands on its first
attempt Friday morning at 9:48 (Oshkosh time), Dye will watch it from
AirVenture’s NASA Pavilion with EAA members instead of from mission
control in Houston.
“I worked the 12 days straight I’m allowed
to, then flew up to AirVenture in the RV-8 I built,” Dye said. He’s
been flying since age 13, soloed at 16, and earned his private ticket at
17. He’s also an EAA Flight Advisor and Tech Counselor.