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.
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…