Deke Slayton

1924 - 1993

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Donald Kent "Deke" Slayton (March 1, 1924 – June 13, 1993) was a United States Air Force pilot, aeronautical engineer, and test pilot who was selected as one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts. He went on to become NASA's first Chief of the Astronaut Office and Director of Flight Crew Operations, responsible for NASA crew assignments. Slayton joined the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, and flew in Europe and the Pacific. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Deke Slayton has received more than 1,872,506 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Deke Slayton is the 68th most popular astronaut (down from 62nd in 2019), the 3,185th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,850th in 2019) and the 36th most popular American Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, Deke Slayton ranks 68 out of 524Before him are Kalpana Chawla, Judith Resnik, Aleksei Gubarev, Vladimir Dzhanibekov, Vladimir Shatalov, and Konstantin Feoktistov. After him are Phạm Tuân, Anatoly Berezovoy, Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez, Georgy Beregovoy, Sally Ride, and Joseph A. Walker.

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Among people born in 1924, Deke Slayton ranks 161Before him are Grégoire Kayibanda, Tatiana Nikolayeva, Sylvia Miles, Cicely Tyson, Basil Bernstein, and Eduardo Paolozzi. After him are Jean Laplanche, Marjorie Boulton, M. Karunanidhi, Alain Bombard, Claude Lefort, and Arthur Janov. Among people deceased in 1993, Deke Slayton ranks 91Before him are Sun Ra, Tatiana Nikolayeva, Felice Borel, Frunzik Mkrtchyan, Maurice Yaméogo, and Euronymous. After him are Bruno Rossi, Reuben Fine, Christian Metz, Emile Ardolino, Jan Gies, and Richard Jordan.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Deke Slayton ranks 3,185 out of 15,968Before him are Eddie Vedder (1964), James Forrestal (1892), Richard Anuszkiewicz (1930), Tab Hunter (1931), Tracy Morgan (1968), and Richard Herd (1932). After him are Booker T. Washington (1856), Charlie Haden (1937), Ted Williams (1918), Bernie Mac (1957), Patsy Cline (1932), and Philip Michael Thomas (1949).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, Deke Slayton ranks 36Before him are Roger B. Chaffee (1935), Dick Scobee (1939), Wally Schirra (1923), Scott Carpenter (1925), Richard F. Gordon Jr. (1929), and Judith Resnik (1949). After him are Sally Ride (1951), Joseph A. Walker (1921), Gregory Jarvis (1944), Stuart Roosa (1933), Sunita Williams (1965), and Rusty Schweickart (1935).