Captain Jon A. McBride (1943- ) was born in Charleston, but grew up in Sprague, near Beckley. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley in 1960 and became an astronaut in 1979. He piloted the Challenger when it was launched on October 5, 1984, and became NASA’s Acting Administrator for Congressional Relations in 1987. He was a Republican candidate for Governor of West Virginia in 1996, and currently resides in Lewisburg.
e-West Virginia Captain Jon McBride