Joseph A. Walker

1921 - 1966

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Joseph Albert Walker (February 20, 1921 – June 8, 1966) (Capt, USAF) was an American World War II pilot, experimental physicist, NASA test pilot, and astronaut. He was one of twelve pilots who flew the North American X-15, an experimental spaceplane jointly operated by the Air Force and NASA. In 1963 Walker made three flights above 50 miles, thereby qualifying as an astronaut according to the United States definition of the boundary of space. The latter two, X-15 Flights 90 and 91, also surpassed the Kármán line, the internationally accepted boundary of 100 kilometers (62.14 miles). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph A. Walker has received more than 310,574 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. Joseph A. Walker is the 74th most popular astronaut (down from 70th in 2019), the 3,496th most popular biography from United States (down from 3,032nd in 2019) and the 38th most popular American Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, Joseph A. Walker ranks 74 out of 524Before him are Deke Slayton, Phạm Tuân, Anatoly Berezovoy, Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez, Georgy Beregovoy, and Sally Ride. After him are Georgy Grechko, Claude Nicollier, Boris Volynov, Vladimir Lyakhov, Viktor Savinykh, and Leonid Kizim.

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Among people born in 1921, Joseph A. Walker ranks 173Before him are Vasco Gonçalves, P. V. Narasimha Rao, Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, Judy Holliday, Juan Zambudio Velasco, and Branko Stanković. After him are Hans Albert, Søren Kam, Sergio Sollima, Amedeo Amadei, Angelica Rozeanu, and Jean Robic. Among people deceased in 1966, Joseph A. Walker ranks 96Before him are Vilis Lācis, John of Shanghai and San Francisco, Nikolay Cherkasov, Sylvère Maes, Guillermo Gorostiza, and Fritz Bleyl. After him are Wilhelm Röpke, Lenny Bruce, Boris Podolsky, Sutan Sjahrir, Stanisław Mikołajczyk, and Jan Kiepura.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Joseph A. Walker ranks 3,496 out of 15,968Before him are Bud Abbott (1897), Peter Senge (1947), John Henry Schwarz (1941), M. Emmet Walsh (1935), William L. Shirer (1904), and Celeste Holm (1917). After him are Robert M. Pirsig (1928), Jon Krakauer (1954), Bruce Boxleitner (1950), Mae Murray (1885), Meriwether Lewis (1774), and Joe Turkel (1927).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, Joseph A. Walker ranks 38Before him are Wally Schirra (1923), Scott Carpenter (1925), Richard F. Gordon Jr. (1929), Judith Resnik (1949), Deke Slayton (1924), and Sally Ride (1951). After him are Gregory Jarvis (1944), Stuart Roosa (1933), Sunita Williams (1965), Rusty Schweickart (1935), Donn F. Eisele (1930), and Robert Crippen (1937).