posted 09-29-2004 06:08 PM
I would like to thank the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators and the Royal Aeronautical Society for letting someone like me (and a few others) with no aeronautical background to attend the Sir Frederick Tymms Lecture given by Dave Scott on Wednesday. Thanks also to collectSPACE for the "heads up".
The surroundings were very plush with drinks upstairs in the bar and a veranda roof overlooking Hyde Park Corner after the lecture. I have never been in a "gentleman's club" before and it's interesting to see how the "other half" lives.
Dave Scott was on good form and regalled the audience the majority of whom seemed to be very knowledgeable and experienced pilots with some stories that were both humorous and informitive.
Ever heard of Gemini 2? (a very black / secret Mission?)
His tale of the Gemini 8 emergency had the audience on the edge of their seats and his anectodes of the splashdown and recovery had everyone roaring with laughter.
Dave Scott is an excellent speaker and I am lucky to have seen him in action twice this year. The first time was in Oxford on the Book tour where he concentrated on his own career, the reason for the book ,Apollo and some anecdotes about Leonov.
This time there were no "minders" from publishers and he signed several autographs and was happy to chat for some time to all those he wanted to.
The lecture lasted over an hour and was almost entirely devoted to Gemini 8 there was a question and answer session at the end and another chance to talk to Dave Scott in the bar afterwards.
It was all very civilised and I was glad I wore a suit and tie!
If you get the chance to meet Dave Scott go listen! (but wouldn't you have thought NASA would have told him the drogue parachute was designed to open and then fall away before the main shute opened! He thought the drogue had failed and fallen off!!!!
He was good enough to sign my BIG and heavy version of FULL MOON and having dragged it to Oxford and drawn a blank I was very pleased to see him sign it.
It almost seemed indecent though to ask him for an autograph. Meeting and listening to these people is a thrill.