Born in Longmont, Colorado on May 9, 1931, he joined NASA in April of 1966. He was assigned to 4 space flights and had a total time in space of 31 days, 2 hours and 2 minutes. In 1992, Brand left the astronaut corps and accepted a NASA assignment as director of plans for the X-30 National Aerospace Plane Joint Program Office at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He is still with NASA. This is a Kiwanian program dated April 25, 1984. The front has been signed "To Chuck-Best of Luck! Vance Brand".
Vance Brand was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame on October 4, 1997.