Colonel Karol J. Bobko Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles
NASA Astronaut (Former)
PERSONAL DATA: Born in New York, New York, on December 23, 1937. Married to the former F. Dianne Welsh of Denver, Colorado. They have a daughter and a son.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, New York; received a bachelor of science degree from the Air Force Academy in 1959 and a master of science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1970.
SPECIAL HONORS: Awarded three NASA Space Flight Medals, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals and six JSC Group Achievement Awards; presented the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross and two Meritorious Service Medals (1970 and 1979). He also received the Air Force Academy Jabara Award for 1983.
EXPERIENCE: Bobko, an Air Force Colonel, was a member of the first graduating class of the Air Force Academy. Subsequent to receiving his commission and navigator rating, he attended pilot training at Bartow Air Base, Florida, and Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He completed his flight training and received his wings in 1960.
From 1961 to 1965, he flew F-100 and F-105 aircraft while assigned as a pilot with the 523d Tactical Fighter Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, and the 336th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Seymore Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. He attended the Aerospace Research Pilots School at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and was assigned as an astronaut to the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory Program in 1966.
He has logged over 6,600 hours flight time in the F-100, F-104, T-105, T-33, T-38, and other aircraft.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Colonel Bobko became a NASA astronaut in September 1969. He was a crewmember on the highly successful Skylab Medical Experiments Altitude Test (SMEAT) -- a 56-day ground simulation of the Skylab mission, enabling crewmen to collect medical experiments baseline data and evaluate equipment, operations and procedures.
Bobko was a member of the astronaut support crew for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP). This historic first international, manned space flight was completed in July 1975. Subsequently, he was a member of the support crew for the Space Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests conducted at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He served alternately as CAPCOM and prime chase pilot during these Approach and Landing Test (ALT) flights.
In preparation for the first flight of Columbia ( STS-1) Colonel Bobko served as the lead astronaut in the test and checkout group at Kennedy Space Center.
A veteran of three space flights, Bobko has logged a total of 386 hours in Space. He was the pilot on STS-6 (April 4-9, 1983); and was the mission commander on STS-51D (April 12-19, 1985) and STS-51J (October 3-7, 1985).
INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE: In 1988, Bobko retired from NASA and the Air Force to join the firm of Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc., in Houston, Texas. At Booz Allen he was a principal and managed efforts dealing with human space flight. His areas of emphasis were: high performance training simulation, hardware and software systems engineering, spacecraft checkout and testing, space station development and program integration.
In 2000, Bobko joined SPACEHAB, Inc in Houston, Texas and was Vice President for Strategic Programs. He led an organization which developed concepts, processes and hardware for future spaceflight applications.
In 2005, Bobko joined SAIC where he is currently the program manager for support of the NASA Ames Simulation Laboratories (SimLabs). SimLabs is comprised of three unique Flight Simulators, an Air Traffic Control Radar Simulator and a High Fidelity Air Traffic Control Tower Simulator. These world-class simulation facilities support government as well as private industry in a wide array of applications.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: Colonel Bobko was pilot for STS-6, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on April 4, 1983. During this maiden voyage of the spacecraft Challenger, the crew deployed a large communications satellite (TDRS) and the rocket stage (IUS) required to boost it to geosynchronous orbit. The STS-6 crew also conducted the first shuttle spacewalk (EVA) and additionally conducted numerous other experiments in materials processing and the recording of lightning activities from space. There were also three Getaway Specials activated on the flight. After 120 hours of orbital operations STS-6 landed on the concrete runway at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on April 9, 1983.
On his second mission Colonel Bobko was the commander of STS-51D which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on April 12, 1985. The mission was to deploy two communications satellites, perform electrophoresis and echocardiograph operations in space, in addition to accomplishing other experiments. When one of the communications satellites malfunctioned, a daring attempt was made to activate the satellite which required an additional EVA, rendezvous, and operations with the remote manipulator arm. After 168 hours of orbital operations Discovery landed on Runway 33 at Kennedy Space Center on April 19, 1985.
Colonel Bobko was next commander of STS-51J, the second Space Shuttle Department of Defense mission, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on October 3, 1985. This was the maiden voyage of the Atlantis. After 98 hours of orbital operations, Atlantis landed on Edwards Air Force Base Lakebed Runway 23 on October 7, 1985.
KAROL "BO" BOBKO Official 1980 NASA photograph of astronaut Bo Bobko Photograph Inscribed and signed: "To Alexander de Medici/Karol 'Bo' Bobko", C 8x10, official 1980 NASA photograph. Karol J. read more...
Sale Price $126.00
KAROL "BO" BOBKO Color photograph of the space shuttle Enterprise -signed by astronaut Karol Bobko Photograph signed: "Karol J. Bobko". Color, 10x8, captioned in lower right corner, ink stamp read more...
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KAROL BOBKO. Philatelic Envelope signed: "Karol 'Bo' Bobko", 6½x3½. Space Cover bearing 13-cent Independence Hall stamp, postmarked White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 3, 1978. Cacheted "T-38/Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA)/White Sands Missile Range, N. Mex. read more...
Sale Price $90.00
COLONEL KAROL J. BOBKO - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: S. DAVID GRIGGS, HARLEY WEYER - HFSID 51502ASTRONAUTS-IN-TRAINING Three astronauts in training sign a philatelic envelope honoring the Grumman Gulfstream II. Philatelic Envelope signed: "Karol J. Bobko/Shuttle Astronaut", "S.D. Griggs" and "Harley Weyer", 6½x3½. read more...
Sale Price $270.00
KAROL J. BOBKO Signature of the pilot on Challenger's maiden voyage Envelope signed: "Karol J. Bobko", 6½x3¾. Karol J. Bobko (b. 1937) was a member of read more...
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COLONEL KAROL J. BOBKO - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ANTHONY ENGLAND, JOHN "ANTHONY" LLEWELLYN, F. CURTIS MICHEL, WILLIAM E. THORNTON - HFSID 54257KAROL J. BOBKO CO-SIGNED BY JOHN "ANTHONY" LLEWELLYN, WILLIAM THORNTON, TONY ENGLAND, AND F. CURTIS MICHEL A group of astronauts signed this first day of issue envelope commemorating read more...
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KAROL "BO" BOBKO Astronaut Bobko signes card embellished with image of the space shuttle Card Signed: "Karol 'Bo' Bobko", 5x3½ card with space shuttle drawing printed at left. Karol J. read more...
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CAPTAIN PAUL J. WEITZ - INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH MOUNT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL KAROL J. BOBKO, STORY MUSGRAVE, COLONEL DONALD H. PETERSON - HFSID 29939CHALLENGER: 1983 MAIDEN FLIGHT Launched first Tracking and Data Relay Satellite. Photograph signed: "Paul Weitz", "Karol 'Bo' Bobko", "Story Musgrave" and "Don Peterson". Color, 16x20 overall, image 10¾x13 (two surfaces). read more...
Sale Price $680.00
COLONEL ROBERT OVERMYER - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL KAROL J. BOBKO, JOHN S. BULL, F. CURTIS MICHEL, COLONEL HENRY "HANK" HARTSFIELD JR. - HFSID 54260NASA ASTRONAUTS Five astronauts sign this first day cover honoring the Apollo Soyuz Space Mission First Day Cover Signed: "Karol Bobko", "Hank Hartsfield", "Bob Overmyer", "John Bull", and "F. C. Michel", 6½x3½. read more...
Sale Price $306.00
COLONEL ROBERT OVERMYER - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL KAROL J. BOBKO, JOHN S. BULL, JOHN "ANTHONY" LLEWELLYN, COMMANDER DON L. LIND, COLONEL DONALD H. PETERSON - HFSID 48198MARINER 10: NASA ASTRONAUTS Six astronauts sign this envelope in commemoration of one of their missions First Day Cover Signed: "John S. read more...
Sale Price $342.00
KARL G. HENIZE - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: PHILIP K. CHAPMAN, COLONEL KAROL J. BOBKO, ANTHONY ENGLAND, JOHN S. BULL, F. CURTIS MICHEL - HFSID 48197NASA ASTRONAUTS This first day cover honoring Skylab is signed by six NASA astronauts in different colors of ink First Day Cover signed: "Karl G. Henize", "Phil Chapman", "John S. Bull", "Karol J. read more...
Sale Price $252.00
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
RONALD E. McNAIR - SPECIAL COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL KAROL J. BOBKO, COLONEL JACK LOUSMA, CAPTAIN MICHAEL L. COATS - HFSID 256976RONALD McNAIR and OTHERS Testing the shuttle in 1979. Special Cover signed: "Ron McNair", "Jack Lousma", "Michael S. Coats" and "Karol J. Bobko", 6½x3½. Postmarked at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, July 19, 1979. read more...
Sale Price $467.50
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...
Sale Price $1,997.50
ASTRONAUTS-IN-TRAINING Two astronauts in training sign a philatelic envelope honoring the Grumman Gulfstream II. Philatelic Envelope signed: "Karol J. Bobko", and "S.D. Griggs", 6½x3½. Rubber-stamped pictorial cachet at upper left: "Grumman Gulfstream II/Shuttle Training Aircraft (Sta)". read more...
Sale Price $270.00
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 ATLANTIS - STS - 51J CREW - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL KAROL J. BOBKO, BRIGADIER GENERAL ROBERT L. "BOB" STEWART, COLONEL DAVID C. HILMERS, COLONEL RONALD J. GRABE, COLONEL BILL PAILES - HFSID 296026SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS: STS-51J MISSION Commemorative Envelope for the maiden flight of Atlantis signed by all 5 crew members: Bobko, Grabe, Hilmers, Stewart and Pailes Commemorative Envelope signed: "Karol 'Bo' Bobko", "Ron Grabe", "Dave Hilmers", "Bob Stewart", "Bill Pailes", 6½x3½. read more...
Sale Price $360.00
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