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fabfivefreddy
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posted 12-29-2007 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fabfivefreddy   Click Here to Email fabfivefreddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo 11 crew take Air Force One to London and are greeted by Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen's goodwill message which remains on the lunar surface today reads:
On behalf of the British people I salute the skill and courage which have brought man to the moon. May this endeavour increase the knowledge and well-being of mankind.

FFrench
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posted 12-29-2007 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice - I love those old Pathe newsreels. (One minor nitpick - unless the President is personally aboard, the plane is not called Air Force One).

In Paul Haney's foreword to our book "Into That Silent Sea," he recounts an amusing story from this visit with the Queen - the "Queen Gotcha" - that you might enjoy...

fabfivefreddy
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posted 12-30-2007 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fabfivefreddy   Click Here to Email fabfivefreddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the correction, Francis. I should have said, "the president's plane."

carl walker
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posted 08-17-2015 06:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carl walker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The full tour details are given here.

Jonnyed
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posted 08-17-2015 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jonnyed   Click Here to Email Jonnyed     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was there ever talk of putting a British (or any ally for that matter) astronaut into a Apollo landing crew during later missions?

ea757grrl
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posted 08-18-2015 04:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by fabfivefreddy:
Thanks for the correction, Francis. I should have said, "the president's plane."

As an aside, that aircraft, SAM 970 (58-6970), is now on display at the Museum of Flight near Seattle. Although SAM 970 had often carried the President, by 1969 it was a backup for the larger/newer 707 (SAM 26000) that served as the primary Presidential aircraft.

SAM 970 was outfitted with a very nice VIP interior, which it still has today. If you're ever at Museum of Flight, go aboard for a look. It definitely was not a bad way at all to fly around the world.

Blackarrow
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posted 08-18-2015 04:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jonnyed:
Was there ever talk of putting a British (or any ally for that matter) astronaut into a Apollo landing crew during later missions?

Good grief! It was hard enough getting an (American) geologist on to a crew.

moonguyron
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posted 08-24-2015 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonguyron   Click Here to Email moonguyron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the pleasure a few years ago to be the dinner guest of Dr. William Carpentier and his charming wife "Willie" at their home. He accompanied the Apollo 11 astronauts and their wives on their world tour as a traveling flight surgeon. He spent the evening recalling events of the trip too numerous to mention here but for one.

They were overnighting in Rome and at the end of that day's schedule found it was still early enough that "Buzz" Aldrin decided to make use of a phone number he had and called his friend, the actress Gina Lollobrigida. Turns out she was hosting a party at the time and invited everyone over. So the 7 of them found themselves at her party. As the night progressed it was decided that they all must say their goodbyes as the grueling schedule demanded an early start to the next day. All except "Buzz" who refused to leave. All returned to the hotel without him and I don't know if anyone ever found out when he decided to return.

Robert Pearlman
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Just so no one thinks Dr. Carpentier was speaking out of turn: Aldrin describes the same in one of his autobiographies. He said he was "in the doghouse" the next day.

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