Early Years

Leroy Gordon "Gordo" Cooper, Jr. was an astronaut in Shawnee, Oklahoma on March 6, 1927. After attending elementary, middle, and high school he attended the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) 1956, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He was also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from OU in 1967. He partook in many different programs such as The Society of Experimental Test Pilots, The York and Scottish Rite Masons, The Royal Court of Jesters, The Confederate Air Force, and The Boy Scouts of America.
Cooper had been a Colonel and received an Army commission while he had been taking classes at the
University of Hawaii. He had over 7000 hours of flight time almost 4000 of them in a jet plane.


Gordon Cooper had been awarded multiple different awards such as but not limited to The Air Force Legion of Maret, The York Knight Rite Merit of the Purple, The Primus Trophy, The Harmon Trophy, and The Scottish Rite.

Mr. Cooper was inducted into NASA so as to be Mercury Flier in April, 1959. After that mission his next one would take place in May 15th and 16th in the year 1963. He spent those days piloted the 22-orbit mission of ''Faith 7'' concluding the operational part of the Mercury mission. In the 1 day, 10 hour, and 20 minute flight in space Gordon got up to the top speed of 17,546 miles an hour, moving 546,167 statute miles. Cooper also served as the command pilot in the Gemini 5 mission on August 21, 1965


Later Years

Gordon Cooper worked for multiple companies and foundations from the years 1962 through 1975. Such positions including but not limited to President of Teletest and Performance Unlimited. He was also the Vice President of Research and Development for Walt Disney Enterprises. He owned a business of his own named Gordon Cooper and Associates Inc.

Gordon Cooper lived a long full life dying at the age 77 in his home on
October 4, 2004