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Education, 1960 - 2009

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 6, Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contained in this series are brochures, class photographs, correspondence, grade reports, research papers, scrapbook, textbooks, and transcripts among other items from throughout Bridges' education. Of special note is a service project scrapbook; "Single Service Project '333', Key Club of Gainesville High School," from Bridges' senior year in high school. The project won first place at the Key Club International Convention, Philadelphia, PA, 1961, the year Bridges was president of the club. Also included is correspondence from his high school principal and ninth grade Science teacher.

Upon Bridges' graduation from Gainesville High School, Gainesville, Georgia in 1961, Bridges attended the United States Air Force Academy. He would become a distinguished graduate of the Academy, earning a Bachelor's degree of engineering science in 1965. This sub-series contains various brochures, a Class of 1965 photograph, research papers, Astronautics textbooks used by Bridges, correspondence, and a folder; "United States Air Force Academy visit to Purdue University - School of Aeronautics, Astronautics and Engineering Sciences, February 12-13, 1965."

Upon his graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in 1965, the Air Force sent Bridges to Purdue to earn a Master's degree. It took him only a year at Purdue to earn a Master of Science degree in Astronautics. Items of special note in this sub-series are a research report, "Space Radiation Hazards," written by Bridges and John Blaha (fellow Purdue alum and astronaut) while students at Purdue University for Mechanical Engineering 654 for which they received an A. A group research paper, "Mars Reentry Vehicle, Heat Shield Design," written for Purdue Professor Hoglund. Other items include Bridges' Purdue ID, parking pass, grade reports and transcripts.

After Bridges' graduation from Purdue University in 1966, he went on to student pilot training; Williams Air Force Base, Arizona (March 1966 - March 1967), F-100 pilot, 524th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico (March 1967 - November 1968), United States Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards Air Force Base, California (1971), and he was a distinguished graduate, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama in 1976. He furthered his education throughout his career, including attending the University of New Hampshire Executive Development Management Program, Durham in 1988. The last sub-series, Student Pilot Training, 1966 - 1976, include items from this segment of Bridges' education. Among the items, but not limited to are exams and some assignments, manuals, research reports and textbooks.


  • 1960 - 2009

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Collection material is in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.


1.453 Cubic Feet (Three letter-size full-width manuscript boxes and two letter-size half-width manuscript boxes)


The series is arranged in chronological order and divided into four sub-series, due to the extensive nature of Bridges' education.
  1. Gainesville High School, Gainesville, Georgia
  2. United States Air Force Academy
  3. Purdue University
  4. Student Pilot Training at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona


Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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