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We need more heroes like Neil sans the Cold War ==> "Neil Armstrong, First Man on Moon, Dies at 82" via @nytimes
On March 16, 1966, Neil Armstrong (right) and David Scott boarded the Gemini VIII spacecraft and launched on a mission to conduct the first docking of two spacecraft in orbit. | Photo credit: NASA
"As we look back upon the history of the space program, in honor of Neil Armstrong and all that he personally accomplished, we should spend more than a moment trying to grasp the differences in culture and mentality that enabled these rapid advancements using what are now seen as primitive tools, when compared to today's pace of technological evolution." (To Touch the Moon, Aaron Turner)
(1960) NASA test pilot Neil Armstrong is seen here next to the X-15 ship #1 (56-6670) after a research flight. The X-15 was a rocket-powered aircraft 50 feet long with a wingspan of 22 feet. It was a missile- shaped vehicle with an unusual wedge-shaped vertical tail, thin stubby wings, and unique side fairings that extended along the side of the fuselage.
The White Death. Whether it's a true story or not, it is inspiration. Stories come from everywhere. Draw from your surroundings.
Helen Richey was Amelia Earhart's copilot on one flight across the Atlantic. She became the first woman hired to be a pilot by a commercial airline in the US. She was the first woman licensed as an aviation instructor. She was the first woman to fly a scheduled mail flight. During WWII she commanded a group of women pilots for the British Air Transport Auxiliary, flying bombs between factories and airbases. She died by suicide at age 38