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posted 10-14-2012 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yeknom-ecaps   Click Here to Email yeknom-ecaps     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Autograph of the Week, Week 8 (September 30, 2012)
Space Autograph of the Week Topic 8: George Luck

Many of the X-Plane programs had aircraft launched from a mothership. Starting with the B-29 and B-50 with the X-1 rocketplane through the B-52 for the X-24B.

George E. Luck was a United States Air Force pilot who flew the B-52 Stratofortress on 41 twenty-four hours missions, with nuclear arms. Luck would later become the B-52 commander on mothership flights for the X-24 rocketplane program.

The cover pictured is of the 33rd X-24 flight (5th flight of the X-24B) on which the NASA pilot was Mike Love. Luck has signed and inscribed the cover with his role as "B-52 Mothership Commander." There are also covers that Luck flew aboard the B-52 for some X-24 flights.

Bob M

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posted 10-16-2012 08:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a cover flown on the B-52 Mothership during the 23rd air-launch of the X-24B Lifting Body. Paul Skabo nicely filled in the flight information and signed it as the Mothership Pilot, along with George Luck.

George Luck was a friendly and cooperative signer for us X-24B fans and also was kind to fly a number of covers, which the cover below is an excellent example.

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