Thank you for all your kind words on the “RIP” post.
I have hope for the next generation. To make a long story short, three of my nephews, the oldest 22, the youngest 19, organized themselves on their own and showed up at the funeral on time, in suits and reasonably groomed. (Two clean-shaven, one in an Amish-style beard which I can’t decide if I like or not. It beats the mohawk trend that seems to be coming back.) None have any military background (because, granted, 18-year-old soldiers can have their act together), it was the first time I’ve interacted with two of them without their parents around, and I started seeing them as adults.
Baumgartner set the altitude record for a manned balloon flight, parachute jump from the highest altitude (128,000 ft), and greatest free fall velocity (833.9 mph or Mach 1.24). He did this on the 65th anniversary of Chuck Yeager’s breaking the sound barrier.
Speaking of Chuck Yeager, he broke the sound barrier again Sunday with a flight in an F-15 Eagle over the Mojave Desert. Capt. David Vincent of the 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis piloted the F-15. This made me wonder if Yeager at 89 is the oldest to break the sound barrier.
Endeavour is now at her new home after a 12-mile trip through Los Angeles. She was moving so slow, I was a little afraid someone was going to spray a tag on her. (Right, Craig?)
This video needs this song for a soundtrack.
I’m ready for XBradTC to be back on duty, aren’t you?