United States Air Force
2/20/1921 - 6/8/1966
First Flight: 1/17/1963
Last Flight: 8/22/1963
Joseph Albert Walker was an American World War II pilot, experimental physicist, NASA test pilot, and 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.
Type: Test Flight
Flight 77 of the North American X-15 was a test flight conducted by NASA and the US Air Force in 1963. Piloted by Joseph A. Walker it reached an altitude of 82.7 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.