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Capt. Manley Lanier Carter
August 15, 1947 Captain Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter born, Macon, GA
  Capt. Manley Lanier Carter
April 5, 1991 Captain Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter dies, Brunswick, GA
  Capt. Manley Lanier Carter

Although this American hero was born in Macon, he considered Warner Robbins to be his hometown. He graduated from Macon's Lanier High in 1965 and received a degree in chemistry from Emory University in 1969 and his doctor of medicine in 1973. After two tours of duty as flight surgeon, Carter became a naval aviator in 1978. In 1984 he graduated from the Naval Test Pilot School. Shortly before graduation "Sonny" Carter was selected by NASA to be a mission specialist on the space shuttle program and went into space on November 22, 1989 (STS-33). When he was killed in a commercial airplane crash in Brunswick, GA, Sonny was scheduled to return to space on STS-42

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