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AuthenticItems
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posted 12-18-2004 12:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AuthenticItems   Click Here to Email AuthenticItems     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Well, not a bad group. I had renominated Bob White (X-15) as I am so blown
away he's NOT in but I am slowly learning the politics of this organization,
so I am a tad disappointed he didn't make the cut - AGAIN. It is amazing,
the first guy to go Mach 4,5,& 6 and fly a winged vehicle into space plus set 3
other records and have a combat record like his................<sigh>

This is not a cut towards anyone of the 4, all well deserving. I am
heartened to see Betty Skelton make it, and am waiting on one more lady from Florida
to make it as well (early aerobatic queen Mary Gaffaney). Not that Patty
Wagstaff doesn't belong, she most certainly does, but I always felt Betty and
Mary should have gone in first due to their age and, well, seniority. They
certainly paved the way for Patty.

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Al, your posting prompted me to take a look at previous enshrinees. I note Hans von Ohain is there, but not Frank Whittle, even though he spent the last 20 years of his life in the USA and was a research professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis.
Scotty and Gordo appear to be the only two of the M7 not enshrined - why?
Joe Kittinger is there, but not David Simons or Lt. Clifton McClure.
I guess there's a limit to how many you can enshrine over a period of time, but as you note, there are some surprise (pioneering)omissions.

Paul Bramley

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posted 12-18-2004 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AuthenticItems   Click Here to Email AuthenticItems     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree, there are many deserving people not in there. Some big names are absent. I think Ken Mattingly is one, he trained for multiple Apollo missions, flew the shuttle multiple times, and still works off and on in the aviation field...in the commercial sector. He certainly isn't the only one that comes to mind though. However, last year two of the people inducted were deceased...so I wonder if they don't take into consideration if the person is still around.

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