Klaus-Dietrich Flade

Summary

Klaus-Dietrich Flade
Klaus-Dietrich Flade.jpg
Born (1952-08-23) 23 August 1952 (age 69)
NationalityGerman
OccupationTest Pilot
Space career
DFVLR Astronaut
RankLieutenant colonel, German Air Force
Time in space
7d 21h 57m
Selection1990 German Group
MissionsSoyuz TM-14, Soyuz TM-13
Mission insignia
Soyuz TM-14 patch.png

Klaus-Dietrich Flade (born 23 August 1952) is a German pilot and former German Aerospace Center astronaut who visited the Mir space station in 1992 aboard the Soyuz TM-14 mission, returning to Earth a week later aboard Soyuz TM-13. During the Euromir mission in 1992, he flew into space with a Sinn (watchmaker) model 142 S watch on his wrist.

Biography

Born in Büdesheim, West Germany, he joined the German Air Force after school. Educated initially as an airplane engineer, he studied aerospace engineering at Bundeswehr University Munich from 1976 to 1980. Afterwards he became a pilot. He trained as a test pilot from 1988 to 1989. In October 1990, he was selected as part of the German astronaut team for the Euromir '92 flight.

After two years of training, he flew as a research cosmonaut on Soyuz TM-14 in March 1992. After his spaceflight, he returned to the German Air Force. He is now test pilot at Airbus Industrie.

External links

  • Spacefacts biography of Klaus-Dietrich Flade
  • Profile on German Air Force website