In Memory
Clifton C. Williams Jr
September 26, 1932 - October 5, 1967

About the Man

Clifton Williams was a graduate of the Navy Test Pilot School at Patuxent River in Maryland.

Williams was a test pilot for three years in the Carrier Suitability Branch of the Flight Test Division at Patuxent River. His work there included land based and shipboard tests of the F8E, TF8A, F8E (attack), and A4E and automatic carrier landing system.

Clifton Williams was selected in October of 1963 with a third group of astronauts chosen by NASA. He was named backup pilot for the Gemini 10 mission and he worked in the areas of launch operations and crew safety.

Sadly, Clifton Willams never got to go into space. He died on October 5, 1967, near Tallahassee, Florida, in the crash of a T-38 jet.

To read more about how Clifton Williams helped make the
Gemini Project a success, please visit:

On the Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini


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