Biography - A Short Wiki
The first African American astronaut, though he died tragically before traveling to space.
He was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
He died in the crash of a F-104 Starfighter at Edwards Air Force Base.
How did Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. die?
Death and legacy At age 32, Lawrence was killed in a plane crash at Edwards AFB on December 8, 1967. He was flying backseat in an F-104 as the instructor pilot for flight test trainee Major Harvey Royer, who was learning the steep-descent glide technique. Royer made such an approach but flared too late.
|Cause of death||Aviation incident|
|Age of death||32 years|
|Birthday||October 2, 1935|
|Death date||December 8, 1967|
|Place of death||Edwards Air Force Base, California, United States|
|Place of burial||N/A|