Michael James  Adams

Michael James Adams (1930 - 1967)

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Maj Michael James Adams
Born in Sacramento, Sacramento, California, USAmap
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Johannesburg, Kern, California, USAmap
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Michael James "Mike" Adams (May 5, 1930 – November 15, 1967), (Maj, USAF), was an American aviator, aeronautical engineer, and USAF astronaut. He was the first American space mission fatality.[1]

1930 Born in Sacramento, Sacramento, California, USA
1950 Enlisted in US Air Force. During his Air Force career, he was awarded the Air Medal.
Air Medal
1958 Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Oklahoma
1962 Selected for the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards Air Force Base
1965 Selected for the Manned Orbiting Laboratory program, by USAF in USAF Group 1[2]
1966 Chosen as replacement, first flight in X-15, flew seven X-15 flights, attained a top speed of Mach 5.59 and a maximum altitude of 81,077 meters on separate missions
1967 Died in Johannesburg, Kern, California, USA in X-15 flight 191, exceed 50 miles (80467 m) in altitude, thus qualifying him to be a USAF Astronaut. Awarded Astronaut wings posthumously.


  1. X-15 Flight 3-65-97
  2. Wikipedia List of Astronauts, by Year

See also:

  • Wikipedia: Michael J Adams
  • WikiData: Q1122204 Wikidata Information Reasonator enwiki Ancestors (about wikidata)
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #12684
  • "California Birth Index, 1905-1995," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VLJS-4LH : 27 November 2014), Michael James Adams, 05 May 1930; citing Sacramento, California, United States, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Department, Sacramento.
  • "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V9RZ-9Y4 : 20 May 2014), Michael Adams, Nov 1967; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K94G-B38 : accessed 9 January 2017), Michael J Adams in household of Michael L Adams, Area A, Sacramento, Sacramento Judicial Township, Sacramento, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 34-73B, sheet 1B, line 74, family 24, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 283.
  • NASA Bio

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