Phil Collins on Band Aid. 32 seconds in is the best part.
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The closest I’ll get to a Phil Collins Christmas song.
What it’s all about: Hugh Hefner and Barbi Benton in the cockpit of “Big Bunny”, Playboy’s DC-9. Benton would make it all the way to the Space Shuttle by the 1980’s.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Celebrating Aviation with Magee’s “High Flight”
You may be familiar with these lines—the first of John Gillespie Magee, Jr.’s 1941 sonnet “High Flight”. Many of us likely recognize them from President Ronald Reagan’s speech on the day of the Challenger disaster, but “High Flight” has a much longer history with aviators and astronauts.
In 1966, astronaut Michael Collins took the text of the poem with him into space during the Gemini 10 mission. Cadets at the United States Air Force Academy must learn to recite it from memory. In addition, “High Flight” is showcased in a number of films produced by the United States Air Force, like the one below.
John Gillespie Magee, Jr. was an American who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940, before the United States entered World War II. He wrote “High Flight” shortly before he was killed in a midair collision on December 11, 1941. In his honor, we present you with a short 1972 Air Force film celebrating the joy of flight.
My next door neighbor flew the Navy version of this: the A3 Skywarrior, also known as “the Whale”.
Skylab-B over Boston.
Skylab B didn’t have another Apollo Telescope mount and different forward Solar arrays?
NASA caption to the top photo:
"This photograph is an illustration of the humorous side of the Skylab 3 crew. This dummy was left behind in the Skylab space station by the Skylab 3 crew to be found by the Skylab 4 crew. The dummy is dressed in a flight suit and placed in the Lower Body Negative Pressure Device. The name tag indicates that it represents Gerald P. Carr, Skylab 4 commander…in the background is a partial view of the dummy for William R. Pogue, Skylab 4 pilot, propped upon the bicycle ergometer (in the bottom photo). The dummy representing Edward G. Gibson, Skylab science pilot, was left in the waste compartment. Astronauts Alan L. Bean, Owen K. Garriott and Jack R. Lousma were the Skylab 3 crewmen."
Well, this isn’t terrifying.
I remember when I was in middle school I asked Jack Lousma whether he pulled any pranks on his colleagues. He replied with a smile on his face, “Who, me?” and then showed these slides.
Future astronaut Deke Slayton sits in a sensory deprivation room while undergoing tests for the manned spaceflight program. The room was devoid of both light and sound, and candidates were kept in the room for several hours to see how they would react. (Deke later said in his autobiography that he mostly slept.)
This is one of Deke’s more angsty pictures.