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List of famous alumni from United States Air Force Academy, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from United States Air Force Academy include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished United States Air Force Academy alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended United States Air Force Academy are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from United States Air Force Academy.

Alumni range from Harry Chapin to Reichen Lehmkuhl.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to United States Air Force Academy?” and “Which celebrities are United States Air Force Academy alumni?”

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Reichen Lehmkuhl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Reichen Lehmkuhl Model, Actor Reichen Lehmkuhl, is an American former reality show winner, model, and occasional actor. A former United States Air Force officer, he is best known for winning season four of the reality game ...more

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Eric Boe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Eric Boe Astronaut, Fighter pilot Eric Allen Boe is a United States Air Force fighter pilot Colonel, test pilot and a NASA astronaut. He flew as the pilot of Space Shuttle missions STS-126 and STS-133.

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James Dutton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
James Dutton Pilot, Astronaut, Air Force Officer James Patrick "Mash" Dutton Jr. is a NASA astronaut pilot of the Class of 2004, and a test pilot in the US Air Force with the rank of Colonel.

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Brian Duffy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Brian Duffy Astronaut Brian Duffy is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and a former NASA astronaut. He flew aboard four Space Shuttle missions.

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Curtis Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Curtis Brown Astronaut Curtis Lee "Curt" Brown, Jr. is a former NASA astronaut and retired United States Air Force colonel. Colonel Brown graduated from East Bladen High School in Elizabethtown, North ...more

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Gregory H. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Gregory H. Johnson Astronaut Gregory Harold "Box" Johnson is a NASA astronaut and a retired colonel in the United States Air Force. Johnson is a veteran of two space flights, STS-123 and STS-134. He served as ...more

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Guy Gardner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Guy Gardner Astronaut Guy Spence Gardner is a United States Air Force officer and a former astronaut. He holds the rank of Colonel. He flew as pilot on two Space Shuttle missions, STS-27 and STS-35. Gardner was also ...more

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Loren Shriver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Loren Shriver Astronaut Loren James Shriver is a former NASA astronaut, aviator, and a retired US Air Force Colonel.

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Michael J. Bloomfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Michael J. Bloomfield Astronaut, Athlete, Test pilot Michael John "Bloomer" Bloomfield is an American former astronaut and a veteran of three Space Shuttle missions.

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Mark C. Lee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Mark C. Lee Pilot, Astronaut Mark Charles Lee USAF Colonel, is a former NASA astronaut who flew on four Space Shuttle missions. He retired from the Air Force and NASA on July 1, 2001.

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John Casper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
John Casper Astronaut John Howard Casper is an American astronaut and United States Air Force pilot.

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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Gary Payton Pilot, Astronaut Colonel Gary Eugene Payton, USAF, is an American former astronaut.

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B. Alvin Drew is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
B. Alvin Drew Astronaut Colonel Benjamin Alvin Drew is a United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. He has been on two spaceflights; the first was the Space Shuttle mission STS-118 to the International Space ...more

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Richard A. Searfoss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Richard A. Searfoss Astronaut, Actor Richard Alan Searfoss is a retired United States Air Force colonel, NASA astronaut and test pilot.

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Sidney M. Gutierrez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Sidney M. Gutierrez Sidney McNeill "Sid" Gutierrez, is a former NASA astronaut.

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Jody Powell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Jody Powell Joseph Lester "Jody" Powell, Jr. was the White House Press Secretary during the presidency of Jimmy Carter. He later founded a public relations firm.

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Grady Booch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Grady Booch Software Engineer, Computer scientist Grady Booch is an American software engineer, best known for developing the Unified Modeling Language with Ivar Jacobson and James Rumbaugh. He is recognized internationally for his innovative ...more

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William A. Pailes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
William A. Pailes Astronaut, Computer scientist William Arthur Pailes was a USAF astronaut in the Manned Spaceflight Engineer Program during the mid-1980s. He served as a Payload Specialist on STS-51-J Atlantis.

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Steven Lindsey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Steven Lindsey Astronaut, Fighter pilot, Keyboard player Steven Wayne Lindsey is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and NASA astronaut. Lindsey served as Chief of the NASA Astronaut Office from September 2006 until October 2009. Lindsey was born in ...more

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John E. Blaha is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
John E. Blaha Astronaut, Fighter pilot John Elmer Blaha is a retired United States Air Force colonel and a former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of six Space Shuttle missions and a stay on the Mir space station. Married to the ...more

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James M. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
James M. Kelly Astronaut James McNeal "Vegas" Kelly is a NASA Astronaut and a retired Colonel of the United States Air Force. He twice served as pilot on Space Shuttle missions.

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Charles L. Veach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Charles L. Veach Astronaut, Fighter pilot Charles Lacy Veach was a USAF fighter pilot and NASA astronaut.

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Lance Sijan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Lance Sijan Pilot, Soldier, Military Officer Lance Peter Sijan was a United States Air Force officer and fighter pilot. On March 4, 1976, he posthumously received the Medal of Honor, the United States' highest military award, for his ...more

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Justin Olsen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Justin Olsen Bobsleigher, Athlete Justin Olsen is an American bobsledder who has competed since 2008. He won two medals at the 2009 FIBT World Championships in Lake Placid, New York with a gold in the four-man and a bronze in ...more

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Kevin P. Chilton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Kevin P. Chilton Astronaut Kevin Patrick "Chilli" Chilton, is a former United States Air Force four-star General. His last assignment was as Commander, U.S. Strategic Command from October 3, 2007 to January 28, ...more

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Terence T. Henricks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Terence T. Henricks Astronaut Terence Thomas "Tom" Henricks is a retired colonel in the United States Air Force and a former NASA astronaut. He served on four Space Shuttle missions.

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Frederick D. Gregory is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Frederick D. Gregory Astronaut Frederick Drew Gregory is a former NASA astronaut and former NASA Deputy Administrator. He also served briefly as NASA Acting Administrator in early 2005, covering the period between the ...more

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Roy D. Bridges, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Roy D. Bridges, Jr. Astronaut Roy Dubard Bridges, Jr. is an American aviator, retired United States Air Force officer, former NASA astronaut and the former director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center and Langley Research ...more

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L. Blaine Hammond is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
L. Blaine Hammond Astronaut Lloyd Blaine Hammond, Jr. is a Gulfstream test pilot, a former United States Air Force officer, and a former NASA astronaut. He flew on two Space Shuttle missions.

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Richard O. Covey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Richard O. Covey Astronaut Richard Oswalt Covey is a retired United States Air Force officer and former NASA astronaut.

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Chesley Sullenberger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Chesley Sullenberger Pilot, Airline Pilot, Fighter pilot Chelsey Sullenberger is an American commercial airline pilot and safety expert and accident investigator who successfully carried out the emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the ...more

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Chuck Reed is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Chuck Reed Politician Charles Rufus "Chuck" Reed is an American politician and lawyer. Reed served as the 64th Mayor of San Jose, California from 2007 to 2014.

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Terry W. Virts is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Terry W. Virts Astronaut Terry W. Virts, Jr. is a NASA astronaut, and Colonel in the United States Air Force.

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James D. Halsell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
James D. Halsell Astronaut James Donald Halsell, Jr., is a retired United States Air Force officer and a former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of five Space Shuttle missions. He has been quoted as saying he loves ...more

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William G. Gregory is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
William G. Gregory Astronaut William George "Borneo" Gregory, is a retired NASA astronaut and United States Air Force lieutenant colonel.

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Karol J. Bobko is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Karol J. Bobko Pilot, Astronaut, Test pilot Karol Joseph "Bo" Bobko, is an American aerospace engineer, retired U.S. Air Force officer, test pilot, and a former USAF and NASA astronaut.

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Charles J. Precourt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Charles J. Precourt Astronaut Charles Joseph Precourt is a retired NASA astronaut. His career in flight began at an early age, and spans his entire lifetime. He served in the US Air Force, piloted numerous jet aircraft, and ...more

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Heather Wilson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Heather Wilson Businessperson, Politician Heather Ann Wilson is President of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota. She is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives ...more

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Ronald M. Sega is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Ronald M. Sega Astronaut, Engineer Ronald "Ron" Michael Sega is professor of systems engineering and Vice President for Energy and the Environment at the Colorado State University Research Foundation, a non-profit ...more

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Donald R. McMonagle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Donald R. McMonagle Astronaut Donald Ray McMonagle became the Manager, Launch Integration, at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on August 15, 1997. In this capacity he was responsible for final Shuttle preparation, launch ...more

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Kevin R. Kregel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Kevin R. Kregel Kevin Richard Kregel is an American former astronaut, and former member of the Space Launch Initiative Project at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.

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Thomas David Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Thomas David Jones Pilot, Astronaut Thomas David Jones is a former United States astronaut. He was selected to the astronaut corps in 1990 and completed four space shuttle flights before retiring in 2001. He flew on STS-59 and ...more

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Bryce Fisher is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Bryce Fisher American football player Bryce Alexander Fisher is a former American football defensive lineman. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 7th round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at Air Force.

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Alberto Gonzales is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Alberto Gonzales Politician, Lawyer Alberto R. Gonzales was the 80th United States Attorney General, appointed in February 2005 by President George W. Bush, becoming the highest-ranking Hispanic in executive government to date. He ...more

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Susan J. Helms is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Susan J. Helms Astronaut, Engineer Susan Jane Helms is a retired lieutenant general in the United States Air Force and a former NASA astronaut. She was the commander, 14th Air Force; and commander, Joint Functional Component ...more

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Norton A. Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Norton A. Schwartz Norton Allan Schwartz is a retired United States Air Force general who served as the 19th Chief of Staff of the Air Force from August 12, 2008 until his retirement in 2012. As Chief of Staff, he ...more

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Ronald J. Grabe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Ronald J. Grabe Ronald John Grabe is a former NASA astronaut. He has earned the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the ...more

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Charlie Brown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Charlie Brown Politician, Air Force Officer Charles Duane 'Charlie' Brown is a retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel and was the Democratic nominee for Congress in the 2006 election and the 2008 election for California's 4th congressional ...more

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Charlie Ross is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Charlie Ross Politician, Lawyer Charlie Ross is an American politician and attorney who lives in Brandon, Mississippi. He served as Senator from District 20 in the Mississippi Senate until 2007. District 20 comprises parts of ...more

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Harry Chapin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous United States Air Force Academy Alumni
Harry Chapin Arranger, Songwriter, Musician Harry Forster Chapin was an American singer-songwriter best known for his folk rock songs including "Taxi," "W*O*L*D," "Sniper", "Flowers Are Red," and ...more