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Joseph Albert Walker

J Walker

Born: 20 February 1921, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States

Nationality: American

Died: 8 June 1966 (Aircraft accident)

Group: Man In Space Soonest (25 June 1958)

Status: Deceased

 

USAF (Non-FAI) Flights:
1X-15 Flight #7717 January 19639 minutes, 44 seconds

 

FAI Flights:
1X-15 Flight #9019 July 196311 minutes, 25 seconds
2X-15 Flight #9122 August 196311 minutes, 9 seconds

 

Non-Qualifying Flights with Significance:
X-15 Flight #9 25 March 1960 9 minutes, 8 seconds
X-15 Flight #13 19 April 1960 9 minutes, 59 seconds
X-15 Flight #15 25 May 1960 10 minutes, 10 seconds
X-15 Flight #18 4 August 1960 10 minutes, 23 seconds
X-15 Flight #20 19 August 1960 9 minutes, 42 seconds
X-15 Flight #35 30 March 1961 10 minutes, 16 seconds
X-15 Flight #37 25 May 1961 12 minutes, 8 seconds
X-15 Flight #40 12 September 1961 8 minutes, 44 seconds
X-15 Flight #44 17 October 1961 10 minutes, 12 seconds
X-15 Flight #50 20 April 1962 8 minutes, 59 seconds
X-15 Flight #52 30 April 1962 9 minutes, 46 seconds
X-15 Flight #56 7 June 1962 8 minutes, 24 seconds
X-15 Flight #59 27 June 1962 9 minutes, 32 seconds
X-15 Flight #61 16 July 1962 9 minutes, 38 seconds
X-15 Flight #65 2 August 1962 9 minutes, 14 seconds
X-15 Flight #67 14 August 1962 9 minutes, 5 seconds
X-15 Flight #76 20 December 1962 8 minutes, 54 seconds
X-15 Flight #79 18 April 1963 7 minutes, 13 seconds
X-15 Flight #81 2 May 1963 9 minutes, 17 seconds
X-15 Flight #84 29 May 1963 11 minutes, 48 seconds
X-15 Flight #86 25 June 1963 9 minutes, 59 seconds
X-15 Flight #88 9 July 1963 8 minutes, 58 seconds

Walker piloted 25 of the 199 X-15 flights. He was killed when his F-104 chase plane collided with an XB-70 bomber. Walker was the only X-15 pilot to achieve FAI definition astronaut status in the X-15. (Joe Engle achieved this status in the space shuttle, not the X-15).

 


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