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Michael James Adams Status: Deceased. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Pilot. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: Three. Birth Date: 05 May 1930. Birth City: Sacramento. Birth State: California. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Date of Death: 15 November 1967. Cause of Death: Died in X-15 crash when spacecraft went out of control during reentry. Group: 1965 USAF MOL Group 1. Date Selected: 12 November 1965. Departed: 1967. Number of Flights: 1. Total Time: 0.00 days.

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.

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