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heng44
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posted 06-01-2012 03:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

After the historic Gemini 6/7 space rendezvous, Gemini 6 command pilot Wally Schirra uses paper plates to play the role of a deck landing officer at the Cape Kennedy crew quarters during a reunion with Gemini 7 crewmembers Frank Borman and Jim Lovell. Watching the antics is Gemini 6 pilot Tom Stafford.

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posted 06-01-2012 04:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice candid shot. I see Stafford, just over Schirra's shoulder, is aiming a flashlight in the Gemini 7 crew's direction while Wally acts the part of an LSO or 'Paddles'. Maybe Stafford was imitating a Fresnel Lens optical landing system, already in use aboard US carriers instead of the traditional LSOs with canvas paddles? If so, even Navy man Lovell wouldn't be able to decipher if Wally meant 'Wave off' or 'Cut' with Air Force man Stafford shining his light around!

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posted 06-03-2012 06:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by onesmallstep:
Maybe Stafford was imitating a Fresnel Lens optical landing system, already in use aboard US carriers instead of the traditional LSOs with canvas paddles?

Another British invention that was left to our trans-Atlantic cousins to develop.

garymilgrom
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posted 06-03-2012 06:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Easy to be happy when you didn't have to spend 14 days inside the Gemini capsule!

Great to see Wally so happy and smiling.

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