Salem (‘80) alum elected into Explorers Club in New York

Brian Barr, Salem High School Class of 1980, was recently elected a member of the Explorers Club in New York City.

Barr was elected to the Explorers Club in July for his participation in several U.S. Air Force Advanced Range Instrumentation (ARIA) flights flown by the 4950th Test Wing from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in support of NASA Space Shuttle launches in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ARIA crews flying out of WPAFB near Dayton, Ohio, tracked Space Shuttle launches, provided communication links with ground controllers, and collected downrange telemetry data on shuttle missions and the launch of unmanned space probes, including the Galileo probe to Jupiter and the Magellan probe to Venus, both launched in 1989.

Barr was assigned to the 2750th Air Base Wing and Aeronautical Systems Center headquarters while at WPAFB. He is a pilot and resides in Kettering, Ohio. Past and current members of the Explorers Club, located in Manhattan, include Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon; Teddy Roosevelt; Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.


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