Joseph Kittinger

1928 - Today

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Colonel Joseph William Kittinger II (born July 27, 1928) is a retired officer in the United States Air Force (USAF) and a Command Pilot. His initial operational assignment was in fighter aircraft, then he participated in the Project Manhigh and Project Excelsior high-altitude balloon flight projects from 1956 to 1960 and was the first man to fully witness the curvature of the Earth. He set a world record for the highest skydive: 102,800 feet (31.3 km) on August 16, 1960.As a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, Kittinger shot down a North Vietnamese MiG-21 jet fighter. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Kittinger has received more than 718,370 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia. Joseph Kittinger is the 16th most popular pilot (up from 18th in 2019), the 1,938th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,113th in 2019) and the 5th most popular American Pilot.

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Among pilots, Joseph Kittinger ranks 16 out of 48Before him are Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet, Chesley Sullenberger, Ivan Kozhedub, Hermann Graf, Marina Raskova, and Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi. After him are Chuck Yeager, Valery Chkalov, Carl Gustaf von Rosen, René Fonck, Mathias Rust, and Amet-khan Sultan.

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Among people born in 1928, Joseph Kittinger ranks 119Before him are Pierre Mauroy, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Walter Mondale, Capucine, Hayden White, and Daniel Nathans. After him are Ion Mihai Pacepa, Yaacov Agam, Bob Cousy, José Bonaparte, Georgy Dobrovolsky, and Lorna Wing.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Joseph Kittinger ranks 1,938 out of 15,968Before him are Abner Doubleday (1819), Robert Gallo (1937), Mark Margolis (1939), Vesto Slipher (1875), Robin Tunney (1972), and Carl Perkins (1932). After him are Paul Greengard (1925), Anna Nicole Smith (1967), Jerry Orbach (1935), Liv Tyler (1977), James Dwight Dana (1813), and Jack Warden (1920).

Among PILOTS In United States

Among pilots born in United States, Joseph Kittinger ranks 5Before him are Charles Lindbergh (1902), Amelia Earhart (1897), Francis Gary Powers (1929), and Chesley Sullenberger (1951). After him are Chuck Yeager (1923), Claire Lee Chennault (1890), Bessie Coleman (1892), Jacqueline Cochran (1906), and Cornelia Fort (1919).