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eurospace
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posted 05-01-2009 03:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Edward J. Dwight, first African-American aerospace test pilot candidate at the USAF Aerospace Test Pilot School at Edwards, has authored his autobiography "Soaring on the Wings of a Dream: The Struggles and Adventures of the "First Black Astronaut" Candidate".

The book is available as both signed and as part of a limited box set including the signed book, two small Dwight sculptures, and a giclee print of one of his paintings.

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posted 05-01-2009 04:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This certainly looks like an interesting publication, although I'm wondering how it will stack up against the extremely well-written chapter on Dwight's life in J. Alfred Phelps's excellent "They Had a Dream: The Story of African-American Astronauts." Chuck Yeager's view on being forced to accept Dwight at Edwards and into the ARPS through President Kennedy and Curtis LeMay's intervention and insistence is well documented in Phelp's book. I'm hoping this will be an honest account of those events as I'll certainly be a buyer for a copy.

On a far more humorous note, I've often wondered what would have happened if Dwight had made it into the NASA astronaut corps and been assigned to GT-4. Imagine Ed White, Jr. and Ed Dwight, Jr. on the same crew!

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posted 08-04-2009 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's the Amazon.com link.

eurospace
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posted 08-18-2009 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Book is out now. Got my copy straight from the author.

cspg
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posted 11-05-2009 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Strange. Amazon.com says it hasn't been released and the book does not exist on the publisher's web site. I've emailed them. Stay tuned.

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posted 08-05-2010 12:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A rather late response from my part...

For those interested in the book, email (or fax) the publisher directly (it's not available on amazon, despite two links to the book).

garymilgrom
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posted 08-05-2010 07:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ed has an interesting style to his sculpture. Too bad he has not done anything space themed.

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