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John R. Dailey
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General John R. Dailey
Born February 17, 1934 (1934-02-17) (age 87)
Quantico, Virginia
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1956-1992
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held Marine Corps Research, Development and Acquisition Command
2nd Marine Aircraft Wing
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star
Other work Associate Deputy Administrator, NASA
Director, National Air and Space Museum

John R. "Jack" Dailey (born February 17, 1934) is a retired United States Marine Corps four-star general who served as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps (ACMC) and Chief of Staff from 1990 to 1992, Acting Associate Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 1992 to 1999; and director of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) from 2000 to 2018.

His career in the Marine Corps spanned thirty-six years and included a wide variety of operational and staff assignments. He is a pilot with over 7000 hours in fixed and rotary wing aircraft. He has extensive command experience including the Marine Corps Systems Command and the Armed Forces Staff College. He flew 450 missions during two tours in Vietnam and has numerous personal decorations which he received for combat operations.


John Dailey was born on February 17, 1934 in Quantico, Virginia. He earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1956.

Upon graduation from UCLA, Dailey was commissioned a second lieutenant in June 1956. He completed The Basic School prior to flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1958.

His operational experience includes over 7,500 flying hours in fighters; light attack, reconnaissance, and electronic warfare aircraft; transports; and helicopters.

After retirement from the Marine Corps, Dailey served as Associate Deputy Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration from 1992 to 1999.

Dailey serves as the Director of the National Air and Space Museum.

Since assuming his position in 2000, Dailey has led efforts to expand the size and scope of the museum and increase public outreach. In 2003, in conjunction with the Centennial of Flight, the museum opened a second building, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. More than 300 aircraft and space artifacts are housed in its two hangars: the Boeing Aviation Hangar and James S. McDonnell Space Hangar. In 2011, construction was completed on the center's second and final component, a section devoted to preservation and restoration of the museum's collection.

He has been awarded the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award by the University of California at Los Angeles, the Statesman of Aviation Award from the National Aeronautic Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wings Club, inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame and the International Aviation Hall of Fame.

In 2014, Dailey was inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

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