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Old 11-19-2023, 12:25 PM
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Passed away on November 7. One of the very best.

The list speaks for itself:
  • West Point grad
  • Fighter pilot
  • Master's Degree in Aernautical Engineering
  • Commander of Gemini 7, two weeks in Earth orbit
  • Served on the Apollo 1 AIB
  • Commander of Apollo 8, first mission to orbit the moon
  • Chairman of the Board of Eastern Airlines

His passing didn't get much immediate press for a man of some legendary accompishments. If you were alive at time and paying attention, you'll never forget the reading from the Book of Genesis in lunar orbit, Christmas Eve of 1968.

May God bless and keep him.
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A legend. I saw him give a Q&A once on C-Span. Extremely sharp and quick-witted.
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Originally Posted by EasternATC View Post
Passed away on November 7. One of the very best.

The list speaks for itself:
  • West Point grad
  • Fighter pilot
  • Master's Degree in Aernautical Engineering
  • Commander of Gemini 7, two weeks in Earth orbit
  • Served on the Apollo 1 AIB
  • Commander of Apollo 8, first mission to orbit the moon
  • Chairman of the Board of Eastern Airlines

His passing didn't get much immediate press for a man of some legendary accompishments. If you were alive at time and paying attention, you'll never forget the reading from the Book of Genesis in lunar orbit, Christmas Eve of 1968.

May God bless and keep him.
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His passing didn't get much immediate press for a man of some legendary accompishments. If you were alive at time and paying attention, you'll never forget the reading from the Book of Genesis in lunar orbit, Christmas Eve of 1968.

May God bless and keep him.
You tend to be remembered more by the last things you (didn't) accomplish than your fine resume leading up to it. If Wikipedia has it correct, Frank Borman departed Eastern Airlines with a $900,000 severance in 1986, equivalent to + $2,500,000 today. Not a bad parting gift for a CEO who lasting acts were multiple pay cuts for its line employees. Another $150,000 per year as a consultant until 1991, roughly $1.7M in todays dollars for the five years after leaving.

Not pointing the finger or assessing blame for the Eastern fiasco, but he was the PIC at the time, and would have had a gentle landing when others crashed and burned.
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You tend to be remembered more by the last things you (didn't) accomplish than your fine resume leading up to it. If Wikipedia has it correct, Frank Borman departed Eastern Airlines with a $900,000 severance in 1986, equivalent to + $2,500,000 today. Not a bad parting gift for a CEO who lasting acts were multiple pay cuts for its line employees. Another $150,000 per year as a consultant until 1991, roughly $1.7M in todays dollars for the five years after leaving.

Not pointing the finger or assessing blame for the Eastern fiasco, but he was the PIC at the time, and would have had a gentle landing when others crashed and burned.
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My dad and many friends were at Eastern for decades before their bankruptcy. When I left the Air Force in 78, I asked my dad to walk my resume into the CPO. He agreed but advised me not to apply..because in his words. "Frank Borman is a walking Peter principal poster boy, and since he's taken over the airline, he's running it into the group. We probably won't be here in 10 years".

He didn't miss it by much. Borman was a great guy, excellent aviator,,that got promoted above his abilities.

I met him at his F-86 hangar after he retired. Nice guy, affable..beautiful airplane.
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