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From: Ossian IN USA
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posted 10-01-2008 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What's Bill Oefelein doing these days? I know he was reassigned to the NAS Norfolk last year. Is he still there?

Mike Isbell

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posted 12-08-2008 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to an article in the December 6, 2008 edition of the Orlando Sentinel, Cmdr. Oefelein retired from the Navy in October.


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posted 12-08-2008 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From what I hear, he now lives in his hometown Anchorage in Alaska.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 02-28-2009 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Anchorage Daily News recently interviewed Bill Oefelein.
What have you been up to the past year or so? What are you doing these days?

Well I moved back to Alaska and I started my own business with a business partner, and we're doing -- we call it adventure writing. And it has to do with just picking some projects and writing about them and submitting, ultimately submitting those stories and pictures to various groups, depending on who might be interested.

So we just started it a couple months ago and she (Shipman) got a Web site going for us, We're just trying to get that along.

But you know, since I've spent a lot of my time flying, (I'm) trying to look for flying jobs and all that. ... The economy's pretty tough these days!

You're flying aircraft down there in California?

Yeah, I'm, I guess you would call it an independent contractor now, maybe, doing some test pilot work.


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From: Lincolnshire IL USA
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posted 08-29-2010 08:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Former astronaut Oefelein has a website concerning his post-astronaut activities, based in Alaska, called "Adventure Write." He is willing to autograph one to two items (personalized only) for free except a minimal postage charge.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 10-20-2010 01:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A recent ORBITEC press release notes that Bill Oefelein is now a program manager at Bigelow Aerospace and is among the test subjects working to human-rate Bigelow's environmental control and life support systems at Orbital Technologies Corporation's (ORBITEC) Madison, Wisconsin facilities.


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posted 10-07-2011 06:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just saw this. The Associated Press reports that Bill Oefelein survived a small plane crash last month in rural Alaska.
In the Sept. 15 crash, Oefelein managed to skillfully steer the stalled small floatplane into some alder bushes and land without any injuries near Judd Lake, about 50 miles northwest of Anchorage. None of the three on board was injured, but the six-seat Regal Air plane was heavily damaged when it went down in a swampy area of alder bushes about 200 feet from the lake.

The plane had just taken off when it lost power, according to the NTSB.

The National Transportation Safety Board said at the time it would have taken "nerves of steel" for the risky maneuver.

An engine check was conducted on the crashed Cessna 206 floatplane on Friday and no problem was found, according to the Jim La Belle, the NTSB's Alaska regional chief.

NTSB's investigation continues and will look at any potential issues involving Oefelein or mechanical problems, La Belle said. The environment does not appear to be a factor.

"We're not assuming any operational errors," he said.

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