𝐑𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐭 𝐇. 𝐋𝐚𝐰𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞, 𝐉𝐫.
At the age of 21, he was designated as a U.S. Air Force pilot after completing flight training at Malden Air Force Base, Missouri.
In June 1967, Lawrence successfully completed the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (Class 66B) at Edwards AFB, California. The same month, he was selected by the USAF as an astronaut in the Air Force's Manned Orbital Laboratory (MOL) program, thus becoming the country's first black astronaut.
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