Monday, July 27, 2015

In Awe. My afternoon with the Discovery.

There are always those moments in history where people can remember where they were when it happened. For me, there are five events that stand out in my mind that I can remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard about them.  Four of them involve the Space Shuttle program.  I remember the day in 1977 when the Enterprise first rode the wind on its own after being released from the back of the 747.  It was a hot August morning and my Mom and sisters were wanting to leave to go shopping at TJ Max in Farmington but I wouldn't leave until I saw it land.  The next is the Sunday morning where I sat in front of the television with my Dad in 1981watching the Columbia blast into the heavens.  Then, in 1986 when the Challenger incident occurred.  Then lastly when the Columbia met its fate on a cold Saturday morning in 2003.
Through it all until the programs end, I was a fan of the shuttle program.  I was born just weeks before Apollo 11, so all through my life the space program had been a part of it.  So when I had a chance to go and see a shuttle, the Discovery, at the Air and Space Museum I jumped on it.  But the added bonus is seeing a piece of history like the Enola Gay. And of course seeing all the other war birds from aviation history.
If you ever have a chance to go see one of the surviving shuttles on display, you really should.  It is truly inspiring.

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