Joseph A. Walker

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Birthday
20, 1921
Birthplace
Washington, PA
Death Date
Jun 8, 1966 (45)
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Birthday
20, 1921
Birthplace
Washington, PA
Death Date
Jun 8, 1966 (45)

About

NASA member, second pilot to fly an X-15, and the first American civilian to make a spaceflight. In 1991, he was inducted into the Aerospace Walk of Honor, and he received his astronaut's wings in 2005.

Before Fame

In 1942, he graduated with a degree in physics from Washington and Jefferson College.

Trivia

For his service in World War II, he won the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

Family Life

He was born in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Associated With

He was the first test pilot of the Bell Lunar Landing Research Vehicle, which would be later used by Neil Armstrong to prepare for landing on the moon.