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Old 06-08-2024, 07:02 AM
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So there ARE 'old, bold pilots'! This man was the exception to the rule - appeared to be performing a split-S at 90 years old.

Too many accomplishments and contributions to aviation and space exploration to mention here (apart from his famous "Earthrise" photo).

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Nothing but respect for him.... and the irony is not lost that he went to the moon but died in a plane crash.

Leading to the question, why would a 90 year old fly solo? :-(
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Leading to the question, why would a 90 year old fly solo? :-(
Think about it. Seems like someone wanting to die in a bed to you? Same farewell as Crossfield.
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Originally Posted by SonicFlyer
Nothing but respect for him.... and the irony is not lost that he went to the moon but died in a plane crash.

Leading to the question, why would a 90 year old fly solo? :-(
Everybody is going to die sometime. Why would you want to take someone else with you if you did? Life expectancy at age 90 for males is only 3.7 years. Might as well enjoy every minute of what little time you have left.
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Originally Posted by METO Guido
Think about it. Seems like someone wanting to die in a bed to you? Same farewell as Crossfield.
Though we who didn't know him can ever know, those are my thoughts as well.

Being the Captain of one's self.
The poem Invictus comes to mind.
As does Socrates choice.
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Originally Posted by MaxQ
Though we who didn't know him can ever know, those are my thoughts as well.

Being the Captain of one's self.
The poem Invictus comes to mind.
As does Socrates choice.
True. We donít know. There wonít be a note. Donít look forward to it but proper form demands respect for those left behind. That being said, no way Iíd look a a can like Apollo and step one foot in there. Brave chit.
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Originally Posted by METO Guido
True. We donít know. There wonít be a note. Donít look forward to it but proper form demands respect for those left behind. That being said, no way Iíd look a a can like Apollo and step one foot in there. Brave chit.
He said in an interview once that the chances of a successful mission were 1:3
They went anyway.
For their country, for God and adventure, for science.
The rising Earth must truly been both an awesome and terrifying experience.​​​​​Ö.

We now somehow have to get back to over thereÖ
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