Joseph Albert Walker

Joseph Albert Walker (1921 - 1966)

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Born in Washington, Pennsylvania, USAmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Died in Barstow, San Bernardino, California, USAmap
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Joseph Albert "Joe" Walker (February 20, 1921 – June 8, 1966) flew the world's first two spaceplane flights in 1963, thereby becoming the United States' seventh man in space.

1921 Born in Washington, Pennsylvania, USA
1942 Bachelor of Arts in Physics, Washington and Jefferson College. Joined the United States Army Air Forces.
1944 Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal
abt 1945 Left the Air Force, joined NACA
1951 Flew the Bell X-1A and X-1E
1957 Selected for the X-15 program in X-15 Pilots group[1]
1958 Selected for the "Man in Space Soonest" program, cancelled in favor of NASA Project Mercury. [2]
1960 First NASA pilot to fly the X-15, flew twenty-five X-15 flights, attained a top speed of Mach 5.74 and a maximum altitude of 107,960 meters (highest X-15 flight) on separate flights
1962 Awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal
1963 The second X-15 pilot to exceed 50 miles (80467 m) in altitude on X-15 flight 77 on 27 Jan 1963, thus qualifying him to be an Astronaut
1966 Died when his F-104 chase plane collided with the XB-70[3]
2005 Awarded Astronaut wings[4]


  1. Wikipedia List of Astronauts, 1954
  2. Wikipedia List of Astronauts, 1958
  3. "XB-70A in Collision, 2 Die"
  4. "X-15 Pioneers Honored as Astronauts"

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