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John Barron McKay
Birth: Aug. 12, 1922
Portsmouth
Portsmouth City
Virginia, USA
Death: Apr. 27, 1975
Lancaster
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Pioneer Astronaut. During World War II, he served as a US Navy pilot in the Pacific Theater, earning the Air Medal with two Clusters and a Presidential Unit Citation. After the war, he joined Edwards Air Force Base, California in 1951, as a D-558 and X-1 test pilot. As a project pilot, he flew on the F-100, F-102, F-104 and F-107 test programs before being assigned as the third NASA X-15 pilot in October 1961. He made 29 X-15 flights, reaching an altitude of 90 km and obtaining astronaut wings, before being seriously injured in the 1962 X-15 crash near Lancaster, California. He died of liver damage stemming from his crash injuries. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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  Shirley Londeree McKay (1926 - 2004)*
 
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Burial:
Joshua Memorial Park
Lancaster
Los Angeles County
California, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Erik Lander
Record added: Apr 19, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8653737
John Barron McKay
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John Barron McKay
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
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