Eileen Collins was born in Elmira, New York where she attended Elmira Free Academy. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1978, Collins was one of four women chosen for Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training and later became the second female pilot to attend the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. During her career Collins logged over 6,751 flight hours in 30 different types of aircraft. In 1990, NASA selected her for the astronaut program. In 1999, Collins had another historic flight as the first female commander of a U.S. Spacecraft.
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