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Clifton Curtis Williams Jr Status: Deceased. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Pilot. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: Two. Birth Date: 26 September 1932. Birth City: Mobile. Birth State: Alabama. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Date of Death: 05 October 1967. Cause of Death: Crash of a T-38 jet. Group: 1963 NASA Group. Date Selected: 17 October 1963. Departed: 1967. Number of Flights: 0.

Born September 26, 1932, in Mobile, Alabama. Bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Auburn University. Died October 5, 1967, near Tallahassee, Florida, in the crash of a T-38 jet. Major, U.S. Marine Corps.


A Memoir of C.C. Williams:

I was young, but C.C., as everyone called him, was just the neatest guy to me. He lived at the end of the block from us on Country Club Drive in Dickinson, Texas. My father was an engineer at NASA and he and C.C. were good friends. I remember as a kid that he used to buzz the neighborhood to let his wife know that he'd be home soon. Obviously not legal now-a-days. Just more of a reflection on the test pilot/astronaut side of his personality. Everyone loved it and I know of no complaints.

He'd throw neighborhood parties and you'd never know who'd show up. The famous Red Adair of oil well fire-fighting fame had a speed boat that he'd pull up to C.C.'s waterfront property on the Dickinson Bayou. That boat was so loud and threw up such a rooster tail that its still memorable to this day. Dr. Gilruth even would take his graceful trimaran up to visit on occasion. Interesting comparison of personalities, eh?

My dad went on from the Apollo program to become Section Head of the Guidance & Control Design Section for the Space Shuttle. That roll-over manuever that the shuttle makes after launch is his claim to fame. He often mentioned how he missed C.C.. Obviously he was thinking of the continued contributions that C.C. could have made in addition to their friendship.


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