Talk:David M. Walker (astronaut)

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Could still do with being made more encyclopedic as it stands its little more than a cut and paste job Jackliddle 14:10, 24 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Added official NASA photo a la the Robert Crippen article, reformatted and linked the article similar to the Robert D. Cabana page. Sorry for the many edits; since I am editing from work I did not want to risk losing all of my edits via an all to common browser crash. --Kralizec! 18:24, 10 Apr 2005 (UTC)

FYI - Walker's near miss with a commercial jet...[edit]

By James Oberg NBC News space analyst Special to MSNBC Updated: 2:55 p.m. MT Feb 8, 2007

James Oberg NBC News space analyst A NASA astronaut flying a T-38 jet in May of 1989 came within a hundred feet of hitting a Pan American passenger jet, barely avoiding a colossal tragedy.

The astronaut, David Walker, had just returned from commanding his first space shuttle mission — and was reportedly involved in a bitter divorce.

Although NASA never made any official mention of his stressful family situation, it clearly considered him at fault. He was grounded and removed from command of a later scheduled shuttle flight. The flying ban was eventually rescinded and Walker went on to command two more missions safely before retiring in 1996. He died in 2001. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 01:47, 9 February 2007 (UTC).