Adams, Michael James, Maj

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
2865-Experimental Test Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1966-1967, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Service Years
1950 - 1967
Major

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1930
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Sacramento
Last Address
Johannesburg, CA

Date of Passing
Nov 15, 1967
 
Location of Interment
Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery - Monroe, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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"The tragic accident that took Mike Adams life occurred on November 15, 1967, during the 191st flight of the X-15 program. It was the first suborbital mission for Adams, who already had completed six atmospheric flights in the famed rocket plane. Adams was flying the third of three X-15s build by North American Aviation in Inglewood. It was the same airplane in which eight of the twelve X-15 project pilots earned their astronaut qualifications. Adams' accident was the only fatal mishap during the decade-long program."  Source: http://www.thexhunters.com

Major Adams "seventh X-15 flight, flight 3-65-97, took place on 15 November 1967. He reached the peak altitude of 266,000 feet; the nose of the aircraft was off heading by 15 degrees to the right. While descending, at 230,000 feet the aircraft encountered rapidly increasing aerodynamic pressure which impinged on the airframe, causing the X-15 to enter a violent Mach 5 spin. As the X-15 neared 65,000 feet, it was diving a Mach 3.93 and experiencing more that 15-g vertically (positve and negative), and 8-g laterally, which inevitably exceeded the design limits of the aircraft. The aircraft broke up 10 minutes and 35 seconds after launch, killing Adams. The United States Air Force posthumously awarded him the Purple Heart and astronaut wings for his last flight." Source: http://en.wikipedia.org

   
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Michael James Adams entered the Air Force in 1950 after graduation from Sacramento Junior College with an AA Degree in Forestry. After Basic Training a Lackland AFB, he served with the 3501st Pilot Training program as a Link Training instructor until he was selected as an Aviation Cadet. He received his primary training at Spence Field, Georgia and advanced training at Webb Air Force Base in Texas. After returning from Korea in 1954 he spent 2 or so years in England and on a rotational basis at Chaumont Air Base in France. After returning to the U.S. he earned an aeronautical engineering degree in 1958 and did graduate work at MIT. After a stint as a Maintenance Officer at Chanute AFB,  he "was selected in 1962 for the Experimental Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Here, he won the Honts Trophy as the best scholar and pilot in his class. Adams subsequently attended the Aerospace Research Pilot School (ARPS), graduating with honors in December 1963. He was one of four Edwards aerospace research pilots to participate in a five-month series of NASA moon landing practice tests at the Martin Company in Baltimore, Maryland. In November, 1965 he was selected to be an astronaut in the United States Air Force Manned Orbiting Laboratory program. In July 1966, Major Adams came to the North American X-15 program, a joint USAF/NASA project. He made his first X-15 flight on 6 October 1966 in the number one aircraft." Source: http://en.wikipedia.org

 
   
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 1952-1954, F-86 Sabre
From Year
1952
To Year
1954
   
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Model North American F-86D Sabre
Length 37.50 ft | 11.43 m
Width 37.07 ft | 11.30 m
Height 14.99 ft | 4.57 m
Engine(s) 1 x General Electric J47-GE-27, turbujet engine generating 5,970lbs of thrust.
Empty Weight 10,950 lbs | 4,967 kg
MTOW 17,000 lbs | 7,711 kg
Max Speed 690 mph | 1,110 km/h | 599 kts
Max Range 785 miles | 1,263 km
Ceiling 50,000 ft | 15,240 m | 9.5 miles
Climb Rate 12,000 ft/min (1,344 m/min)
Hardpoints 2
Armament 6 x 12.7mm machine guns
24 x 2.75in rockets

External provisions for 2,000 lbs of bombs
Accommodations 1


Major Variants

* XP-86 - Original Army Air Force prototypes (3)
* YP-86A - Re-engined with GE J47 turbojet.
* P-86A - Redesignated from YP-86A
* F-86A - Redesignated production model from P-86A; Featured J47-GE-1 turbojet.
* F-86D - Complete redesign of base model; Redesignated as night/all-weather aircraft; Hughes fire control system; J47-GE-33 turbojet.
* F-86E - Slab tailplane adjustable inflight; J47-GE-27 turbojet
* F-86F - J47-GE-27 turbojet; Extended leading edges.
* F-86K - Based on F-86D model with J47-GE-17B tubojet.
* F-86L - Rebuilt "D" model with updated electronics and larger wing surface

   
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