Michael J. Adams

1930 - 1967

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Michael James Adams (May 5, 1930 – November 15, 1967) (Maj USAF) was an American aviator, aeronautical engineer, and USAF 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. On November 15, 1967, Adams flew X-15 Flight 191 (also known as X-15 Flight 3-65-97) aboard the X-15-3, one of three planes in the X-15 fleet. Flying to an altitude above 50 miles, Adams qualified as an astronaut according to the United States definition of the boundary of space. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael J. Adams has received more than 340,928 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Michael J. Adams is the 201st most popular astronaut (down from 190th in 2019), the 7,510th most popular biography from United States (up from 7,608th in 2019) and the 77th most popular American Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, Michael J. Adams ranks 201 out of 556Before him are Barbara Morgan, Samantha Cristoforetti, Jim Wetherbee, Paolo Nespoli, Dale Gardner, and Pedro Duque. After him are Yi So-yeon, Rick Husband, Henry Hartsfield, Yuri Baturin, Valery Korzun, and Yelena Kondakova.

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Among people born in 1930, Michael J. Adams ranks 438Before him are Marni Nixon, Antonio Cubillo, Leonid Abalkin, Vladimir Kesarev, Richard Davalos, and Carmelo Cedrún. After him are Ramón Alberto Villaverde, Renato Ruggiero, Catherine Hardy Lavender, Kjell Espmark, Vytautas Žalakevičius, and Rolf Harris. Among people deceased in 1967, Michael J. Adams ranks 217Before him are György Bródy, Phyllis Johnson, Anton Walbrook, Hans Jacob Nielsen, Vilho Tuulos, and Renzo De Vecchi. After him are Fridrikh Ermler, Ulderico Sergo, Sergey Gorodetsky, Halina Poświatowska, Charles Darrow, and Mary Garden.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Michael J. Adams ranks 7,510 out of 20,380Before him are Leonard Mlodinow (1954), Theodora Kroeber (1897), Dan Schneider (1966), Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin (1842), Gary Payton (1968), and Charles Lang (1902). After him are Brian Gottfried (1952), Edward O. Thorp (1932), Joseph Keller (1923), Schelte J. Bus (1956), Shirley Fry (1927), and Charles F. Hockett (1916).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, Michael J. Adams ranks 77Before him are Gerald Carr (1932), C. Gordon Fullerton (1936), Robert Crippen (1937), Barbara Morgan (1951), Jim Wetherbee (1952), and Dale Gardner (1948). After him are Rick Husband (1957), Henry Hartsfield (1933), Charles Bassett (1931), Catherine Coleman (1960), Joseph P. Kerwin (1932), and Story Musgrave (1935).