Milton O Thompson
- Category : Travel-Astronaut
- Type : PE
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Large
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Incarnation 1
American astronaut, one of dozen test pilots to fly the famed X-15 rocket plane and the first to fly the aircraft known as the lifting body, which led to the design of the space shuttle. A member of NASA's Space Transportation System Tech Steering Committee, Thompson led the effort to design space shuttles for unpowered landings.
After flight training in the Navy, he served six years, through WW II. He had an engineering degree from the University of Washington and flew as a Naval Reserve pilot, crop duster and forest sprayer. He joined Boeing in Seattle and went to NASA's Dryden center in 1956.
Thompson was married with five kids. Stricken with a sudden illness, he died on 8/06/1993, age 67.