Encyclopedia Astronautica

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Adams, Michael James 'Mike' (1930-1967) American test pilot astronaut. Died in crash of X-15 Flight 191 when spacecraft went out of control during reentry.

Born in Sacramento, California; married with three children. Joined USAF in November 1952 and flew 49 missions in the Korean War. Graduated with BS in aeronautical engineering from Oklahoma University in 1958 and then completed USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School . Tested LLRV lunar module trainer in 1964. Selected as MOL astronaut, but left MOL program for X-15, taking Joe Engle's place when he was selected as NASA astronaut in 1966. Died in X-15 crash when spacecraft went out of control during reentry. Erroneous computer data and failure of dampers caused the X-15 to re-enter the atmosphere 180 degrees out of phase. Major Adams chose to remain with the aircraft in an attempt to recover it.

Birth Place: Sacramento, California.
Status: Deceased.

Born: 1930.05.05.
Died: 1967.11.15.
Spaceflights: 1 .
Total time in space: 0.0034 days.

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Astronaut Category of persons, applied to those trained for spaceflight outside of Russia and China. More...

Associated Flights
  • X-15 Flight 191 Crew: Adams. Fatal accident, aircraft destroyed. After reaching peak altitude, entered spin at Mach 5. Entered dive at 30,000 m, began high frequency pitch oscillations, disintegrated when these reached 15 Gs.Maximum Speed - 5744 kph. Maximum Altitude - 81080 m. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • USAF American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. United States Air Force, USA. More...

Adams Chronology

1965 November 12 - .
  • USAF MOL Astronaut Training Group 1 selected. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Adams; Finley; Lawyer; Macleay; Neubeck; Taylor. The group was selected to provide crews for flights of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, a classified military manned space station.. Qualifications: Qualified military pilot; graduate of Aerospace Research Pilot School; serving military officer; US citizen by birth..

1967 November 15 - .
  • Death of Michael James 'Mike' Adams at Edwards AFB, California. Died in X-15 crash when spacecraft went out of control during reentry. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Adams. Summary: American test pilot astronaut. Flew on X-15 Flight 191..

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