DATA: Born April 30, 1957 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Married to the former
Cheryl Ann Tobritzhofer of St. Paul, Minnesota. They have two children.
He enjoys motorcycle travel, racing motocross, camping, home-schooling
his children, and reading science fiction. His parents reside in Minneapolis,
Graduated from Highland Park High School, St. Paul, Minnesota in 1975;
received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University
of Minnesota-Minneapolis in 1981 and 1982, respectively.
Pilot Duane "Digger" Carey has logged over 3700 hours in more
than 35 types of aircraft. His experience includes flying an A-10A
during tours at England Air Force Base, Louisiana, and Suwon Air Base,
Republic of Korea. He completed F-16 training in 1988 and was assigned
to Torrejon Air Base, Spain.
In 1991, Carey was selected to attend the United States Air Force Test
Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. After graduation in
1992, he worked as an F-16 experimental test pilot and System Safety Officer
at Edwards Air Force Base. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
and three Air Medals. Carey is a member of the National Space Society,
the Air Force Association.
In 1996, NASA selected Carey for astronaut training. As Columbia's pilot
on STS-109, Carey will be making his first Shuttle flight.