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« on: November 14, 2008, 04:44:04 PM »

I am in Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and received this from my commander by E-mail...

Shuttle pilot is one of Civil Air Patrol's own


Col. Eric A. Boe, who will pilot the space shuttle Endeavor on its launch scheduled for Nov. 14, credits the Civil Air Patrol with helping him to achieve his career goals of becoming a fighter pilot and an astronaut. Boe is a former Georgia Wing cadet and current Florida Wing member. He soloed at 16 at a flight encampment conducted by the Georgia Wing and credits his cadet experience for solidifying his desire to fly. "That was my first real opportunity to fly an airplane by myself," he said. "CAP gave me that opportunity, and it really made a difference in the long term. It's always nice to have flown before you show up at pilot training." The shuttle is embarking on a 15-day mission involving repair work at the International Space Station, with four planned spacewalks.
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2008, 05:36:27 PM »

great thing to be involved in!  last Red Cross thing i did, my partner was a CAP pilot and high school science teacher.  fascinating guy.  learned all kinds of new things about clouds, reflections of sun, etc.  don't know what use i'll have for the info, but i was impressed with the lectures!
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2008, 10:11:11 PM »

Wow- we just watched him go up then.  My husband came charging in from work, moving really fast toward the back yard saying , "The Shuttle is taking off!"  We ran out in time to see it clear the house tops, then separate and proceed like a little star on its way.  Always gives me a strange feeling watching them go.  I can't imagine being brave enough to do that!
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2008, 08:21:01 PM »

 My DW and I watched it go up also. There is always a catch and much prayer. We were watching in Jan., 86 also. Admiration for them only increases. I just wish the 86 disaster would go away in my thoughts. It doesn't lesson the reentry disaster, just we didn't witness that.
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2008, 06:27:52 PM »

I can't believe it has been 22 years!  That day is pretty etched in our minds as well. So, so sad.  Those are the kind of days I regret the advances we've made in technology.
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