Russell Lee Rogers was an astronaut assigned to the X-20 Dyna-Soar program. He was born on April 12, 1928 in Lawrence, Kansas. He was married with five children. Rogers was killed in the explosion of his F-105 fighter plane near Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan on September 13, 1967.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado in 1958. After the X-20 program, he remained in the U.S. Air Force on active flight duty as a pilot with the rank of Lt. Colonel at the time of his death.