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He continued to work at NASA until 1982, and helped develop the Space Shuttle.
He died from a brain tumor on June 13, 1993, aged 69. From a young age, he worked on the farm to raise sheep and cows, and grow tobacco. Army Air Corps when they began accepting high school graduates to fly.
Donald Kent "Deke" Slayton (March 1, 1924 – June 13, 1993) was an American World War II pilot, aeronautical engineer, and test pilot who was selected as one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts, and became NASA's first Chief of the Astronaut Office and Director of Flight Crew Operations, and was responsible for NASA crew assignments. He left the Army after World War II, and later joined the Minnesota Air National Guard after working for Boeing as an aeronautical engineer.
Army Air Corps during World War II, and flew in Europe and the Pacific.
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Slayton began multi-engine training on the Beechcraft AT-10, Cessna AT-12, and the Curtis 18-I.Throughout Slayton's childhood, his family's home did not have electricity or indoor plumbing. After graduation, Slayton moved to San Antonio, Texas, and entered the Aviation Cadet Training Program.At the age of five, Slayton was clearing a horse-drawn hay mower when his left ring finger was severed. He was initially medically delayed because of his severed ring finger, but was deemed able to fly.Slayton graduated from flight training on April 22, 1943, and was assigned to fly on the B-25 Mitchell, his last choice for aircraft.Slayton moved to Columbia Army Air Base in South Carolina for the three-month-long B-25 Mitchell training.