United States Air Force
11/18/1929 - 5/7/2004
First Flight: 10/17/1967
Last Flight: 10/17/1967
William John "Pete" Knight was an American aeronautical engineer, politician, Vietnam War combat pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He flew the X-15 experimental spaceplane to over 50 miles altitude on Flight 190.
Type: Test Flight
Flight 190 of the North American X-15 was a test flight conducted by NASA and the US Air Force in 1967. Piloted by William J. Knight it reached an altitude of 85.5 km.
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United States Air Force – USAF
- Type: Government
- Abbreviation: USAF
- Administration: Commander-in-Chief: President of the US
- Founded: 1947
- Country: USA
The United States Air Force (USAF) is the air service branch of the United States Armed Forces, and is one of the eight uniformed services of the United States. Originally created on 1 August 1907, as a part of the United States Army Signal Corps, the USAF was established as a separate branch of the United States Armed Forces in 1947 with the enactment of the National Security Act of 1947.