Captain Donald E. Williams Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles
NASA Astronaut (Former)
PERSONAL DATA: Born February 13, 1942, in Lafayette, Indiana. Married. Two children. He enjoys all sports activities and his interests also include running and photography.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Otterbein High School, Otterbein, Indiana, in 1960; received a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1964.
ORGANIZATIONS: Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the Association of Space Explorers, and the National Aeronautic Association.
SPECIAL HONORS: Awarded the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Superior Service Medal, 2 Navy Commendation Medals with Combat V, 2 Navy Unit Commendations, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Medal, an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal (with 4 stars), a Vietnamese Gallantry Cross (with gold star), and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
EXPERIENCE: Williams received his commission through the NROTC program at Purdue University. He completed flight training at Pensacola, Florida; Meridian, Mississippi; and Kingsville, Texas, receiving his wings in May 1966. After A-4 training, he made two Vietnam deployments aboard the USS ENTERPRISE with Attack Squadron 113. He served as a flight instructor in Attack Squadron 125 at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, for 2 years and transitioned to A-7 aircraft. He made two additional Vietnam deployments aboard the USS ENTERPRISE with CVW-14 staff and Attack Squadron 97. Williams completed a total of 330 combat missions.
In 1973, Williams attended the Armed Forces Staff college. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland, in June 1974, and was assigned to the Naval Air Test Center's Carrier Suitability Branch of Flight Test Division. From August 1976 to June 1977, following reorganization of the Naval Air Test Center, he was head of the Carrier Systems Branch, Strike Aircraft Test Directorate. He reported next for A-7 refresher training and was assigned to Attack Squadron 94 when selected by NASA.
He has logged more than 6,000 hours flying time, which includes 5,700 hours in jets and 745 carrier landings.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected by NASA in January 1978, Williams became an astronaut in August 1979, qualified for assignment as a pilot on future Space Shuttle flight crews. Since then he has had various support assignments, including working at the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory as a test pilot, and at the Kennedy Space Center participating in Orbiter test, checkout, launch and landing operations.
From September 1982 through July 1983, he was assigned as the Deputy Manager, Operations Integration, National Space Transportation System Program Office at the Johnson Space Center. From July 1985 through August 1986, Williams was the Deputy Chief of the Aircraft Operations Division at the Johnson Space Center, and from September 1986 through December 1988, he served as Chief of the Mission Support Branch within the Astronaut Office.
Twice flown, Williams served as pilot on STS-51D in 1985, and was the spacecraft commander on STS-34 in 1989. He has logged a total of 287 hours and 35 minutes in space.
In March 1990, Williams retired from the U.S. Navy and left NASA. He is currently a Division Manager with Science Applications International Corporation, working on several projects in the Houston area, nationally, and internationally.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-51D Discovery (April 12-19, 1985) was launched from and returned to land at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. During the mission, the crew deployed ANIK-C for Telesat of Canada, and Syncom IV-3 for the U.S. Navy. A malfunction in the Syncom spacecraft resulted in the first unscheduled EVA, rendezvous and proximity operations for the Space Shuttle in an attempt to activate the satellite. Additional, the crew also conducted several medical experiments, two student experiments, activated two Getaway Specials, and filmed experiments with toys in space. The mission was accomplished in 109 orbits of the Earth in 167 hours, 54 minutes.
STS-34 Atlantis (October 18-23, 1989) was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida and returned to land at Edwards Air Force Base, California. During the mission the crew successfully deployed the Galileo spacecraft, starting its journey to explore Jupiter, operated the Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Instrument (SSBUV) to map atmospheric ozone, and performed numerous secondary experiments involving radiation measurements, polymer morphology, lightning research, microgravity effects on plants, and a student experiment on ice crystal growth in space. The mission was accomplished in 79 orbits of the Earth in 119 hours, 41 minutes.
DONALD E. WILLIAMS Shown in NASA flight suit, next to a model of the space shuttle Photograph inscribed and signed: "To: Brian/Sutherland/Best/Wishes/Don Williams". Color, 8x10. US Navy pilot Donald E. Williams (b. read more...
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CAPTAIN DONALD E. WILLIAMS - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: FRANKLIN F. CHANG-DIAZ, ELLEN BAKER, CAPTAIN MICHAEL J. McCULLEY, SHANNON W. LUCID - HFSID 148246ATLANTIS MISSION STS-34 Launched the Jupiter probe and the orbiter Galileo. Philatelic Envelope signed: "Don Williams", "M.J. McCulley", "Ellen Baker", "Shannon Lucid" and "F. read more...
Sale Price $396.00
LT. COLONEL DICK (FRANCIS R.) SCOBEE - PHOTOGRAPH MOUNT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL KAROL J. BOBKO, STEVEN A. HAWLEY, COLONEL LOREN SHRIVER, CAPTAIN DONALD E. WILLIAMS, LT. COLONEL ELLISON S. "EL" ONIZUKA, COLONEL FREDERICK D. GREGORY - HFSID 309702An impressive piece, this 16x20 mounted image contains signatures from Dick Scobee and Ellison Onizuka, who perished in the tragic Space Shuttle Challenger STS-51-L mission, and also includes signatures from many other important NASA astronauts. read more...
Sale Price $595.00
S. DAVID GRIGGS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: CAPTAIN DONALD E. WILLIAMS, JEFFREY A. HOFFMAN - HFSID 148199DISCOVERY MISSION 51-D (APRIL 1985) Official NASA color photo of the entire crew, signed by astronauts, Griggs, Williams and Hoffman Photograph signed: "S. David Griggs", "Don Williams", "Jeffrey A. Hoffman". Color 10x8 overall, image 8¾x7 (one surface). NASA caption at top edge. read more...
Sale Price $510.00
S. DAVID GRIGGS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL KAROL J. BOBKO, CHARLES D. WALKER, CAPTAIN DONALD E. WILLIAMS, JEFFREY A. HOFFMAN, JAKE GARN, MARGARET RHEA SEDDON - HFSID 28921DISCOVERY Color publicity photograph of the first space flight of an elected official. Photograph signed: "Jake Garn", "S.D. Griggs", "Rhea/Seddon", "Charles Walker", "Karol 'Bo' Bobko", "Don/Williams" and "Jeff Hoffman read more...
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S. DAVID GRIGGS - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL KAROL J. BOBKO, CAPTAIN DONALD E. WILLIAMS, JEFFREY A. HOFFMAN, MARGARET RHEA SEDDON - HFSID 155962SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY CREW (APRIL 1985) Astronauts Griggs, Bobko, Williams, Seddon and Hoffman sign a commemorative envelope postmarked during the mission. Commemorative Envelope signed: "Karol 'Bo' Bobko", "Don Williams", "Rhea Seddon", "S. D. read more...
Sale Price $414.00
SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY - STS - 51D CREW - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL KAROL J. BOBKO, CHARLES D. WALKER, S. DAVID GRIGGS, CAPTAIN DONALD E. WILLIAMS, JEFFREY A. HOFFMAN, JAKE GARN, MARGARET RHEA SEDDON - HFSID 296023SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY: STS-51D MISSION Commemorative Envelope signed by all 7 crew members: Bobko, Williams, Seddon, Griggs, Hoffman, Walker and (Senator) Garn Commemorative Envelope signed: "Taylor Wang", "Eugene H. Trinh", "Ludwing van Den Berg", 6½x3½. read more...
Sale Price $450.00