In 1932, a little blond sick 4-year-old boy was given this book as a gift, through his aunt, from the first man to fly to Hawaii.

36 years later, he commanded the first mission to the moon.

That’s pretty awesome. (Oh, and he still has the book today).

Also, I can’t help but note that the aviation terms page contains the word ‘pancake’. Just saying ;-)

Frank visits the Dept. of Mechanics at his alma mater West Point to demonstrate the Apollo astronaut suit. Despite costing $200,000 at the time, Frank thought the suits were a waste of time, space and money and not needed on the missions. I doubt he said that to these guys though…actually, knowing Frank, he probably did ;-).

Frank visits the Dept. of Mechanics at his alma mater West Point to demonstrate the Apollo astronaut suit. Despite costing $200,000 at the time, Frank thought the suits were a waste of time, space and money and not needed on the missions. I doubt he said that to these guys though…actually, knowing Frank, he probably did ;-).

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Chicago is so cold in January that not only are the three moon pioneers snuggling under a blanket together, Jim’s glove appears to have frozen onto his face.

Chicago is so cold in January that not only are the three moon pioneers snuggling under a blanket together, Jim’s glove appears to have frozen onto his face.

Frank and Sue are oblivious to everything but each other, as they attend a wreath-laying ceremony for Columbus, Madrid 1969.

Frank and Sue are oblivious to everything but each other, as they attend a wreath-laying ceremony for Columbus, Madrid 1969.

Frank drew the short straw.

Frank drew the short straw.


"Well, we have a couple of sourpusses in our group, too!"

 - Frank, joking, when asked whether all astronauts have a sense of humor.
Photo of Groups 1 and 2 eating geckos and other non-bunny items during Panama survival training/Frank’s cookery class. 

"Well, we have a couple of sourpusses in our group, too!"

 - Frank, joking, when asked whether all astronauts have a sense of humor.

Photo of Groups 1 and 2 eating geckos and other non-bunny items during Panama survival training/Frank’s cookery class. 

One for Frankaficionados (anyone else out there? ;-)), but here’s a great little video from 1998 of Frank just completely geeking out over his new P-63 Kingcobra.

He does mention NASA towards the end to say that credit was due to all 400,000 employees rather than just the men flying the machines, but I can’t imagine he was ever this excited about the Gemini capsule. ;-)


"Well, when we didn’t have anything to do, we flew the spacecraft for enjoyment. The rocket blast returning us to earth was slightly stimulating. And the re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere, when we had but a two-degree tolerance, was a moderately interesting part of the trip. At that time, we only had three hours of oxygen left. If we had exceeded or underestimated the entry angle, we’d had gone into orbit for three weeks or broken up. That would have been slightly inconvenient."

 - Frank’s deadpan response when asked during a Q&A what Apollo 8 did for ‘excitement’ on the mission.

"Well, when we didn’t have anything to do, we flew the spacecraft for enjoyment. The rocket blast returning us to earth was slightly stimulating. And the re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere, when we had but a two-degree tolerance, was a moderately interesting part of the trip. At that time, we only had three hours of oxygen left. If we had exceeded or underestimated the entry angle, we’d had gone into orbit for three weeks or broken up. That would have been slightly inconvenient."

 - Frank’s deadpan response when asked during a Q&A what Apollo 8 did for ‘excitement’ on the mission.

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Apollo 8

The first men headed for the Moon walk through the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building at Kennedy Space Center on the way to the transfer van that will take them to launch pad 39A. Apollo 8 mission commander Frank Borman is followed by Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, each carrying portable…

Frank’s totally got his game face on.

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Be aware that it may not be up for very long, but I’ve just found that British 1966 Man in Space program on YT, featuring Frank, Walt and some other familiar faces. Good watch for 40 minutes!