Clifton Williams

1932 - 1967

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Clifton Curtis Williams Jr. (September 26, 1932 – October 5, 1967), was an American naval aviator, test pilot, mechanical engineer, major in the United States Marine Corps, and NASA astronaut, who was killed in a plane crash; he never went into space. The crash was caused by a mechanical failure in a NASA T-38 jet trainer, which he was piloting to visit his parents in Mobile, Alabama. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Clifton Williams has received more than 219,951 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Clifton Williams is the 183rd most popular astronaut (down from 168th in 2019), the 7,015th most popular biography from United States (down from 6,875th in 2019) and the 68th most popular American Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, Clifton Williams ranks 183 out of 556Before him are Elliot See, Patrick Baudry, Claudie Haigneré, Satoshi Furukawa, James C. Adamson, and Marsha Ivins. After him are Oleg Atkov, José M. Hernández, Salizhan Sharipov, Reinhard Furrer, Frank De Winne, and Mamoru Mohri.

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Among people born in 1932, Clifton Williams ranks 338Before him are Richard Lugar, Casey Kasem, Frank Beyer, Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, István Bilek, and Solomon W. Golomb. After him are Cesare Perdisa, John Lyons, Els Borst, Jacques Roubaud, Bruce Glover, and Angela Mortimer. Among people deceased in 1967, Clifton Williams ranks 205Before him are William Christian Bullitt Jr., Gerald Patterson, Hans Reissner, Anatoly Maltsev, Óscar Diego Gestido, and Eugénie Cotton. After him are Enrico Porro, Rexhep Mitrovica, Péter Tóth, Bert Lahr, Alfred Felber, and György Bródy.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Clifton Williams ranks 7,015 out of 20,380Before him are Seán Patrick O'Malley (1944), Lillian Copeland (1904), Anne Osborn Krueger (1934), James Juvenal (1874), Byron Haskin (1899), and Solomon W. Golomb (1932). After him are Norman Mineta (1931), Harve Presnell (1933), Craig Sheffer (1960), Chanel Preston (1985), John F. MacArthur (1939), and John Fiedler (1925).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, Clifton Williams ranks 68Before him are Paul J. Weitz (1932), Anna Lee Fisher (1949), John E. Blaha (1942), Elliot See (1927), James C. Adamson (1946), and Marsha Ivins (1951). After him are José M. Hernández (1962), Jack Lousma (1936), Gerald Carr (1932), C. Gordon Fullerton (1936), Robert Crippen (1937), and Barbara Morgan (1951).