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Joseph A. Walker

Experimental Physicist, Astronaut and NASA Test Pilot Joseph A. Walker

Full Name: Joseph Albert Walker
Profession: Experimental Physicist, Astronaut and NASA Test Pilot

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: 1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace

Born: February 20, 1921
Birthplace: Washington, Pennsylvania, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: June 8, 1966 (aged 45)
Cause of Death: Aircraft collision when his F-104 Starfighter chase aircraft collided with a XB-70 Valkyrie at an altitude of about 25,000 ft (7.6 km).

Historical Events

  • 1961-03-30 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 169,600' (51,690 m)
  • 1961-05-25 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 32,770 m
  • 1961-09-12 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 34,840 m
  • 1961-10-17 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 33,100 m
  • 1962-04-19 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 46,900m
  • 1962-04-30 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 75,190 m
  • 1962-06-07 NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 31,580 m
  • 1962-06-27 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 6,606 kph, 37,700 m
  • 1962-08-14 NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 60,000 m