William R. "Bill" Pogue, an astronaut and American hero, died Tuesday. He was 84.
Pogue was born in Okemah and grew up in Sand Springs. A combat pilot in the Korean War, Pogue went on to be a member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerobatic flying team and to pilot two NASA missions to Skylab, the first American space station.
He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1997. Sand Springs' William R. Pogue Municipal Airport is named in his honor.
Bill Pogue was a great pilot, a brave man and a model for Oklahoma's youth. He will be missed.