Biographies of Astronaut and Cosmonaut Candidates


Isaac Sanders IV "Ike"


Isaac Payne

Personal data

Birthdate:  16.04.1940
Birthplace:  Malakoff / Texas
Marital status:  divorced
Children:  two
Selection date:  ??.??.1977
Position:  PLT
Status:  Ret. 16.01.1978

Additional information

Colonel, USAF, Ret. (since 1987); one of the first three African Americans to graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy; that group of three are called the "Pathfinders"; graduated from the test pilot program at Edwards AFB, served in Vietnam; at the time of his selection assigned at Headquarters USAF, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; later he worked for the Air Launched Cruise Missile project in Dayton, Ohio and worked for NSA; semi finalist in NASA astronaut group 8 selection; currently residing in New Mexico.


Last update on May 16, 2018.