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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|
|1958||Selected for the "Man in Space Soonest" program, cancelled in favor of NASA Project Mercury. |
|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|
|2005||Awarded Astronaut wings|
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