Random thoughts from Roamy

The map and registration in the glovebox joke went over pretty well yesterday. I even got to use my “they’re just going around in circles” joke again. 😀

One nephew in the Army is shipping out for Germany, and another nephew is due home from Afghanistan any day now.

The National Air and Space Museum is getting ready for the Discovery Space Shuttle to arrive in a month. They also had an article about airplane materials. I’ve seen wood, aluminum, titanium, and composite, but I didn’t realize I had seen a steel airplane. The Beech C17L Staggerwing at the Smithsonian has a steel tube fuselage with fabric covering.

Cool bit of trivia – the original owner of this airplane was E.E. Aldrin, father of Buzz Aldrin.

Marshall is gearing up for the 100th birthday of Wernher von Braun on March 23. In honor of that, I’d like to repost something that appeared on NASAWatch during a previous center director’s tenure. It was a time when upper management was isolated from what was actually happening and just seemed…unserious about space exploration.

Top photo, counterclockwise from left, Maj. Gen. Holger Toftoy (Redstone Arsenal commander), Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger, Dr. Hermann Oberth, Dr. Wernher von Braun, Dr. Eberhard Rees (who succeeded von Braun as center director).

Bottom photo, that’s “Hazardous Harry” on the left; the man in black was the center director at the time. This was during the big push of OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).

I like the current center director, though he was just promoted to HQ. The acting center director has visited my lab, so he has my approval so far.