Biographies of U.S. Astronauts

Knight

William John "Pete"

USA

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Personal data

Birthdate:  18.11.1929
Birthplace:  Noblesville / Indiana
Marital status:  married
Children:  seven
Selection date:  20.09.1962
Selection group:  X-20 / X-15 4
Position:  PLT
Status:  Ret. 10.12.1963
Date of death:  07.05.2004
Place of death:  Duarte / California

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Additional information

Bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from USAF Institute of Technology, 1958; selected as pilot of X-20 Dyna-Soar program; flight training Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, California; the program was given up on 10.12.1963; then test pilot on Edwards AFB, following duty as pilot in the X-15 program (16 flights); resigned from USAF 1982; from 1988 - 1992 he was mayor of Palmdale; in 1996 he was elected to the California State Senate; died of leukemia.

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