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Forum:Mercury - Gemini - Apollo
Topic:Apollo 4: First launch of Saturn V (11.9.1967)
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BlackarrowI remember this flight being previewed on a BBC TV programme called "Tomorrow's World" introduced by a World War 2 Spitfire pilot (Raymond Baxter) and a balding, bespectacled young reporter named James Burke, who would become the BBC's answer to Walter Cronkite in the coverage of Project Apollo. I remember thinking that the Saturn V had to succeed, because it was needed to put Americans on the Moon by 1969.

Since I knew (as only an enthusiastic 12-year-old can know) that Americans WOULD be walking on the Moon by 1969 (because NASA said it would happen) I was totally confident that Apollo 4 would succeed. And of course it did.

moorougeSlightly off topic but there is a connection. Raymond Baxter had a claim that he was the only pilot in WW2 that nearly shot down a V2 rocket. He was flying over Belgium when one suddenly appeared from the trees in front of him. By the time he realised what it was, the moment had passed.
AlanCJames Burke was a fantastic presenter who really got me interested in science.

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