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Tykeanaut
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posted 07-11-2014 03:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm reading a very interesting book at the moment by Bruce Barrymore Halpenny entitled "Ghost Stations." It was published in 1986 and recounts the stories of those who have encountered the ghosts that supposedly haunt Great Britain's abandoned airfields.

It got me thinking, are there any stories which relate to strange happenings in the spaceflight world?

ColinBurgess
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posted 07-11-2014 05:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's the unexplained mystery of Deke Slayton's Midget Racer aircraft taking off from John Wayne Airport and performing unauthorised aerobatics in front of many witnesses four hours after he died, some of whom wrote down the aircraft's registration number. An infringement notice was even sent to his newly-widowed wife, Bobbie. At the time, the red aircraft in question was on static display in a racing museum on Sparks, Nevada, with the engine removed and on display beside the airplane. No one has ever come up with an explanation.

I relate this truly mystifying story in more detail in my book, "Selecting the Mercury Seven."

Glint
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posted 07-11-2014 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ColinBurgess:
At the time, the red aircraft in question was on static display in a racing museum on Sparks, Nevada, with the engine removed and on display beside the airplane...
According to this source, the engine was never removed:
Edward Maloney, who received the aircraft into his museum collection from Slayton all those years ago, says: "We've never flown it at all since Deke gave it to us. He was the last one ever to fly it." Contrary to other reports, Maloney says the engine has never been removed from the aircraft which, in the mid-1990s, was relocated to his Planes Of Fame museum in Chino, California, where it resides to this day.
There is a discrepancy somewhere.

moorouge
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posted 07-11-2014 12:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not that I believe it, however it's interesting to note that Slayton's widow gave as a reason for the delay between the time of Slayton's death and the flight was that -
"...the reason for the delay Deke took before getting into the air in his racing plane was that "he probably took six hours to find Gus" [Grissom, his best friend, who died in the Apollo I fire on Pad 34 at Cape Canaveral] "to prop the plane for him."
It would seem that the '21' seen on the plane was not the registration. There is an explanation here.

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