It was Guion Buford Jr., a much-decorated
vet jet pilot who rode the Space Shuttle
earth’s atmosphere on 30 August 1983.
according to Vivian Sammons’ Blacks in Science and
: Taylor & Francis 1990), he only
made it because the the first black selected for astronaut
training, Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr.
, was killed on a
training flight on December 8, 1967.
But I still think it's a great honor.