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William Rankin

Survivor of Fall Through A Thunderstorm Cloud
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Born Oct 16, 1920
Age 95

Lieutenant Colonel William Henry Rankin was the only known person to survive a fall from the top of a cumulonimbus thunderstorm cloud. He was a pilot in the United States Marine Corps, and a World War II and Korean War veteran. He was flying an F-8 jet fighter over a cumulonimbus cloud when the engine failed, forcing him to eject and parachute into the cloud. Lieutenant Colonel Rankin wrote a book about his experience, "The Man Who Rode the Thunder."… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1920 Birth Born in 1920.

THIRTIES

1959 39 Years Old In the summer of 1959, Rankin was flying from Naval Air Station South Weymouth, Massachusetts to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

2009 89 Years Old Died in 2009.
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