William Rankin
Survivor of fall through a thunderstorm cloud
William Rankin
Lieutenant Colonel William Henry Rankin is the only known person to survive a fall from the top of a cumulonimbus thunderstorm cloud. He was a USMC pilot, and a World War II and Korean War veteran. He was flying an F-8 jet fighter over a cumulonimbus cloud when the engine stalled, forcing him to eject and parachute into the cloud. Colonel Rankin wrote a book about his experience, "The Man Who Rode the Thunder."
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Saab Files for Bankruptcy Protection
NYTimes - over 5 years
PARIS — The Swedish carmaker Saab , awaiting investments from companies in China, sought court protection from creditors on Wednesday, heading off a legal challenge from unions that could have forced the breakup of the company. Saab Automobile and two subsidiaries, Saab Automobile Powertrain and Saab Automobile Tools, filed for
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Bergman carries no-no into sixth inning - Go-Ems.com
Google News - over 5 years
William Rankin closed out the shutout with a scoreless ninth. Dust Devils designated hitter Juan Crousset smacked a three-run homer and first baseman Tyler Massey was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs and a walk. Ashley Marshall is a contributor
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Homers sink Volcanoes - Statesman Journal
Google News - over 5 years
The Volcanoes stole four bases in the inning, but left runners on second and third. Ken Roberts (1-1) earned the win in relief, striking out four. William Rankin locked down the ninth inning for the save. Starter Paul Davis struck out five in six
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Irene Brings Tornadoes to Mid-Atlantic Coast - Fox News
Google News - over 5 years
Lieutenant Colonel William Rankin bailed out of his plane at a height of 46000 feet into a violent thunderstorm over North Carolina. He lived to write about the 45 minute journey (which normally would have been a 13 minute descent)
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Dust Devils skid at 3 after loss in Vancouver - Mid Columbia Tri City Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Dust Devils starter Tyler Gagnon and reliever William Rankin held the Canadians' bats scoreless on just two hits over the final eight innings. But four Vancouver pitchers scattered 10 Tri-City hits -- three apiece by Tyler Massey and Jayson Langfels
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GeoMet, Inc. to Present at The 2011 Oil & Gas Conference(R) - MarketWatch (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
The presentation, made by Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Darby Sere and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer William Rankin will be held at the Westin Tabor Center Hotel & Towers in Denver, Colorado
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The Farmer and the Chancellor - Carolina Journal
Google News - over 5 years
He and his wife Maria lived in Ayrshire until around 1665, when their son William Rankin was born. The family then moved to Ulster in the north of Ireland. They were among the many Scots of modest means who were relocated to Ulster during the 1600s to
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GeoMet to Present at Global Hunter Securities Conference - MarketWatch (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
The presentation, will be made by Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Darby Sere and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer William Rankin. The conference is being held at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco
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Dust Devils fall to .500 after 3-2 loss to Boise - Mid Columbia Tri City Herald
Google News - over 5 years
RHP William Rankin, a 17th-rounder out of Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.), was sent to rookie-level Casper, Wyo. RHP Clint Tilford (0-2, 22.50 ERA), who spent all of 2010 in Tri-City with a 3-3 record and 5.45 ERA, was given his release
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Fourth-quarter honor roll listed at Gulf Shores High School - Press-Register - al.com (blog)
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... Kimberly Lynn Glanding, Mary Caroline Howard, Laura Nicole Jones, Cole Prescott Linam, Sarah Catherine Lindley, Shuji Lee Miller, James Zachary Morton, Laura Olivia Murray, Taylor Austin Plankers, Trenton William Rankin, Taylor Andress Shannon,
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Attack trio face prison - Driffield Today
Google News - over 5 years
Mr Shane Bycroft's head was kicked like a football, but Shane Coll, 26, Michael Kelly 22, and William Rankin, 35, have never revealed a motive for their assault. The trio stood shoulder-to-shoulder on Monday, as they pleaded guilty to violent disorder
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Rockies agree to terms with 13 of their 2011 Draft selections - Colorado Rockies News
Google News - over 5 years
The Rockies agreed to terms with the following players: 1B Harold Riggins (7th, NC St.), INF Timothy Smalling (15th, Virginia Tech), RHP William Rankin (17th, Southern Polytech St.), RHP Benjamin Alsup (18th, LSU), INF Jordan Ribera (21st, Fresno St.),
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Simon says Dust Devils improved - Mid Columbia Tri City Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Four more of the Rockies' draft picks -- P Benjamin Alsup (18th round, LSU); P William Rankin (17th, Southern Polytechnic State, Marietta, Ga.); 1B Jordan Ribera (21st, Fresno State); and SS Timothy Smalling (15th, Virginia Tech) -- are scheduled to
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YOUR NEWS: Students, individuals honored with awards, recognition - Torrington Register Citizen
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... Jeffrey Pudlinski Litchfield; Valerie Jean Ramos West Haven; Matthew William Rankin Canton; Matthew William Rankin Canton; Joanne M. Riedel Barkhamsted; Thomas Graham Ruck Canaan; Sarah J. Ryon Haddam; Sherri Renee' Savanella Winsted; Sherri Renee'
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Southern Poly Pitcher Selected in MLB Draft - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Patch Southern Poly State University senior pitcher William Rankin was selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday by the Colorado Rockies. He was taken in the 17 th round and was the 528th player taken overall
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Events, reunions planned for Homecoming Weekend - SouthCoastToday.com / Advocate
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... Paul Morris, Carole Morse Sloan, Thomas Quinn, William Rankin, Joan Sawyer, Marie Tyler, Diana Wilcox Silsby, Rita Zamboni, Robert Bibby, Roseanne Rogers Marshall, Duncan Power, Alfred Medeiros, Nancy Paulino Costa, and Francis Wojcik St. Gelais
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Traveling Back through the Door County Advocate archives: May 28 - Green Bay Press Gazette
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William Rankin, Forestville, who purchased the saloon and hall owned by Joseph Immel, is erecting an addition to be used for a living room. » The dwelling long known as the Chaucey Haskell house, located on Bay Shore drive and considered one of the
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Sweden Reopens Rape Investigation of WikiLeaks Founder
NYTimes - over 6 years
PARIS -- The Swedish authorities announced Wednesday that they were reopening an investigation of rape allegations against Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks Web site, saying there was ''reason to believe that a crime has been committed.'' The announcement by Marianne Ny, director of public prosecution, was another reversal in the
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Sweden Defends Reversal On Founder of WikiLeaks
NYTimes - over 6 years
STOCKHOLM -- The Swedish prosecutor's office on Sunday defended its handling of allegations made by two Swedish women against Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks Web site, saying that a senior prosecutor withdrew the arrest warrant that had been issued for Mr. Assange on a rape charge after reviewing a judgment made by a more junior official
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 88
    Died in 2009.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1959
    Age 38
    In the summer of 1959, Rankin was flying from Naval Air Station South Weymouth, Massachusetts to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details He climbed over a thunderhead that peaked at, then - at and at mach .82 - he heard a loud bump and rumble from the engine. The engine stopped, and a fire warning light flashed. He pulled the lever to deploy auxiliary power, and it broke off in his hand. Though not wearing a pressure suit, at 6:00 pm he ejected into the air. He suffered immediate frostbite, and decompression caused his eyes, ears, nose, and mouth to bleed. His abdomen swelled severely. He managed to make use of his emergency oxygen supply. Five minutes after he abandoned the plane, his parachute hadn't opened. While in the upper regions of the thunderstorm, with near-zero visibility, the parachute opened. After ten minutes, Rankin was still aloft, carried by updrafts and getting hit by hailstones. Violent spinning and pounding caused him to vomit. Lightning appeared, which he described as blue blades several feet thick, and thunder that he could feel. The rain forced him to hold his breath to keep from drowning. One lightning bolt lit up the parachute, making Rankin believe he had died. Conditions calmed, and he descended into a forest. His watch read 6:40 pm. He searched for help and eventually was admitted into a hospital at Ahoskie, North Carolina. He suffered from frostbite, welts, bruises, and severe decompression.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    Born in 1920.
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