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astro-nut
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posted 10-26-2009 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During the missing man formation flyover at the STS-51L and STS-107 memorial services at JSC were any NASA astronauts the pilots of the T-38s during the flyover?

ASCAN1984
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posted 10-30-2009 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now that's good one. I think Mike Mullane said in his book he was in the back of one of them for the STS-51L.

Michael Cassutt
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posted 10-30-2009 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Cassutt   Click Here to Email Michael Cassutt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by astro-nut:
During the missing man formation flyover at the STS-51L and STS-107 memorial services at JSC were any NASA astronauts the pilots of the T-38s during the flyover?
Yes, and yes. I don't have the names for the Challenger memorial, but for Columbia in 2003 it was:

February 4 at JSC:

AC #1 Paul Lockhart with Terry Pappas (aircraft ops)
AC #2 Mike Lopez-Alegria with Roberto Vittori
AC #3 Lee Archambault with Tim Kopra
AC #4 Rick Sturckow with Al Drew

February 6 at KSC:

AC #1 Archambault with Pappas
AC #2 Doug Hurley with Pat Forrester
AC #3 Alan Poindexter with Joan Higginbotham
AC #4 George Zamka with Steve Robinson

buckeyecal
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posted 10-30-2009 05:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for buckeyecal   Click Here to Email buckeyecal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember a Missing man formation flyover they did for 51L during the pregame for Super Bowl XXX in '96. The date of the game that year was Jan. 28th - the 10th anniversary. The cool thing was that Rich Scobee, Dick's son led the way and pulled straight up to leave the formation. I saw a highlight clip later on where they showed June's reaction from the stands - VERY powerful moment...

ColinBurgess
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posted 10-30-2009 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I seem to recall reading somewhere that Sonny Carter flew a T-38 at the time of the Challenger memorial.

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