William C. McCool

1961 - 2003

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William Cameron "Willie" McCool (September 23, 1961 – February 1, 2003) (Cmdr, USN) was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut, who was the pilot of Space Shuttle Columbia mission STS-107. He and the rest of the crew of STS-107 were killed when Columbia disintegrated during reentry into the atmosphere. He was the crew's youngest male member. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William C. McCool has received more than 551,184 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). William C. McCool is the 210th most popular astronaut (down from 206th in 2019), the 8,052nd most popular biography from United States (down from 6,906th in 2019) and the 82nd most popular American Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, William C. McCool ranks 210 out of 524Before him are Takao Doi, Mikhail Tyurin, Ivan Bella, Piers Sellers, Rodolfo Neri Vela, and Marcos Pontes. After him are Sergei Avdeyev, James C. Adamson, Valery Korzun, Steven R. Nagel, Hans Schlegel, and Marsha Ivins.

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Among people born in 1961, William C. McCool ranks 279Before him are Manuel Estiarte, Sally Yeh, Nancy Travis, Hibatullah Akhundzada, Douglas Coupland, and Mikael Appelgren. After him are Victoria Nuland, Patricia Urquiola, Todd McFarlane, Hany Abu-Assad, Kiyotaka Matsui, and Gilda. Among people deceased in 2003, William C. McCool ranks 240Before him are Vladimír Vašíček, Warren Zevon, Lana Clarkson, Curt Hennig, Janice Rule, and Anita Borg. After him are Ottorino Volonterio, German Apukhtin, Stan Brakhage, Grigory Mkrtychan, Anne Gwynne, and Daijiro Kato.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William C. McCool ranks 8,052 out of 15,968Before him are Harry Lennix (1964), Charles Sibley (1917), Belladonna (1981), Ben Lyon (1901), Robert L. Forward (1932), and Christy Walton (1949). After him are James Van Der Beek (1977), Camille Keaton (1947), Albert Salmi (1928), Edie Falco (1963), Laura San Giacomo (1962), and Barry Mazur (1937).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, William C. McCool ranks 82Before him are Robert L. Behnken (1970), Kathryn D. Sullivan (1951), Karol J. Bobko (1937), Robert A. Parker (1936), Joseph P. Allen (1937), and Story Musgrave (1935). After him are James C. Adamson (1946), Steven R. Nagel (1946), Marsha Ivins (1951), Loren Acton (1936), Lisa Nowak (1963), and Daniel Brandenstein (1943).