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"in 1974 I experienced an invasion of my mind by a transcendentally rational mind, as if I had been insane all my life and suddenly I had become sane."
- Philip K. Dick

Spacedog  
  Experienced hands on space ships.  

As far as I know, this is the first appearance in a science fiction story.

When he recovered sufficiently to face the browbeating spacedogs that made up the Court, they had already made up their minds.
From A Question of Salvage, by Malcolm Jameson.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1939
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Compare to astronaut from The Death's Head Meteor (1930) by Neil R. Jones, space pirate from Evans of the Earth-Guard (1930) by Edmond Hamilton, astrogator from The Conquest of Space (1931) by David Lasser, space men from Revolt of the Star Men (1932) by Raymond Z. Gallun, space marines from Misfit (1939) by Robert Heinlein, rocketeer from Sunward Flight (1943) by Leo Zagat and space cadet from Sunward Flight (1943) by Leo Zagat.

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