About Ken "Hock" Ham

“Hock” first soloed at age 16 and has been in the cockpit ever since.  He graduated the US Naval Academy in 1987 and earned Naval Aviator wings in 1989.  After combat tours in F-18’s on the USS Forrestal in Iraq and the USS John F Kennedy in Bosnia, he earned a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate school and a Test Pilot degree from NAS Patuxent River.

Hock left the fleet Navy in 1998 to serve 14 years as a Naval Officer with NASA.  He was the Pilot of STS-124 on Space Shuttle Discovery delivering and assembling the Japanese Pressurized Module on the International Space Station (ISS) and was the Commander of STS-132 on Space Shuttle Atlantis delivering and installing the Russian built MRM-1 on ISS.  He has nearly a month in space.

Hock then flew the WB-57F out of Kandahar Airfield Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  After over 27 years of commissioned service in the Navy, he retired as Chairman of the Aerospace Engineering Department and Senior Aviator at the US Naval Academy.  Hock has over 6,000 hours of flight time in over 40 different aircraft types.