Launch of STS-1. Photo from NASA.


Paul F. Dye was the longest serving Flight Director for Human Space Fight, retiring from NASA in 2013. He worked in flight operations throughout the entire Space Shuttle Program, including the entire Shuttle-Mir Program. He served as Flight Director on 39 missions, nine as the Lead Flight Director. He was also Flight Director for the International Space Station.

Chris Kraft Memories

Why the Dragon's Split-second Launch Timing is a Must

Blogs and Videos on Human Space Flight

Video Clips showing Ironflight advising front-room Flight Controllers on how to best communicate with their Flight Director.

Interviews about the Space Shuttle with Minnesota Public Radio's Bob Collins

NASA Shuttle Flight Director Hall of Fame

NASA Shuttle Flight Director Staffing

Paul returning from his first flight in the RV-8 that he built.


A fascination with aircraft and flying manifest early in Dye’s childhood.An opportunity to help restore two J-3 Cubs as a Boy Scout project led him into a private pilot's license and a life-long interest in building, flying, and testing experimental aircraft and homebuilt aircraft. He currently holds a commercial license for fixed wind aircraft, a glider license,, and an instrument endorsement

Blogs and Videos on homebuilt airplane building and flying. (General aviation articles are below the material on human space flight.