So, instead, Kelly enrolled at the Maritime College of New York’s State University. Naturally, as a student there he experienced sailing around the world, and after graduating in 1987, the young Kelly joined the U.S. Navy as an ensign. Now a military man, he traveled to Pensacola’s Naval Air Station in Florida, where he began attending flight school.
Kelly was then singled out to be a jet pilot and sent to Beeville in Texas for further training. And just two years later, he earned himself the title of Naval Aviator. He subsequently went on to log over 8,000 hours in the air and take control of in excess of 40 different types of flying machine over the course of the next 25 years.
Yet it wasn’t Kelly’s naval career that would win him recognition around the world. In 1996, you see, he joined NASA, where he began training to become an astronaut. His first time in space then arrived on December 19, 1999, when he became part of a seven-man crew on board the Space Shuttle Discovery.