U.S. Sport Aviation Expo has added Dr. Story Musgrave to the line-up of inspirational guests for January. He will be regaling youth in YAZ (Youth Aviators Zone) about his remarkable story, “Lessons of Life”.
Story Musgrave was born in 1935 on a dairy farm in Stockbridge, MA. He was in the forests
alone at age three and by five floated his homebuilt rafts on the rivers. He rode combines at
age five, drove trucks and tractors at 10 and when alone in remote fields repaired them by
himself. He never finished school, but instead, ran off to Korea with the U. S. Marines where
he became an aircraft electrician and engine mechanic. He started flying with the Marines and
over the next 58 years and accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft. Musgrave is a
parachutist with over 800 free falls, has six graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry,
medicine, physiology, and literature and has been awarded 20 honorary doctorates. He was also a
part-time trauma surgeon for the duration of his 30-year astronaut career and flew on six
spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger’s first flight, was a pilot
on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker
on the Hubble Telescope repair mission, and operated an electronic chip manufacturing
satellite on Columbia.
Today Dr. Musgrave is a producer/director of multimedia, a landscape architect, a heavy equipment operator, an innovator with Applied Minds Inc, and a professor of design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Story also performs multimedia corporate presentations on the topics of design driven innovation, project management, operations, human performance, reliability, quality, and safety.
A Few Other Notable Guest Speakers:
- La’Shanda Holmes, Coast Guard Helicopter Pilot.
- Patty Wagstaff, Aerobatic National Champion Pilot.
- Shaesta Waiz, the woman behind the Dreams Soar initiative, born in a refugee camp.
- Stewart Hamel, creator of SkyRunner®, a new innovative recreational sports vehicle dubbed, “One of the World’s Greatest Adventure Vehicles” by Red Bull.