This was the second NASA Social, previously NASA Tweetup, that Aeroseums has attended. It occurred April 19th 2012 in Washington, DC. NASA has stepped up in the last few years their outreach to encourage those interested in all aspects of NASA’s mission to come to events and learn more. For this privilege participants are encouraged to simply communicate their experience on the social networks they use anyway. NASA originally called them NASA Tweetups. They have recently renamed them to NASA Social due to the use of other social media networks such as Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Flickr, etc. Read More…
Category : Events
First for those of you who don’t know what is a Tweetup, it is an event organized by people with a like interest or organizations in order to share a common experience and communicate that experience to others. The name comes from the use of the social network Twitter. One of the largest aerospace users of Tweetups has been NASA Originally called a NASA Tweetup they have recently renamed them to NASA Social due to the use of other social media networks such as Face Book, Google+, Pinterest, etc.
The main draw for this tweet up was the gathering of SR-71 Blackbird crew at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center where the crews gave talks and hung out under the SR-71 answering questions from the public. Read More…
In the last blog post I talked about being present at history, and how it was a wonderful experience. This blog post is about the other side of being at a historical event. Aeroseums was present and working with OnBoard Images part of a video crew at National Championship Air Races, more commonly known as the Reno Air Races. As you may know, the event ended early do to tragedy. Jimmy Leeward lost control of his aircraft resulting it in crashing just short of the VIP boxes resulting in the death of 11 and injuring over 60, many seriously.
Being present at history is not always a glamorous thing; in this case I am still haunted by the sights and sounds of that day, and I was over 1000ft away. This day broke the amazing safety record of zero spectators being hurt by a race aircraft in Reno Air Racing Association history of 47 prior years. What was lost was innocence. We are reminded that even attending what seems like a safe event can have risks. We don’t think of going to a baseball game as being dangerous, yet there are dozens of injuries a year at games from foul balls and bats. Attending any event has risks, even an aviation event. Does this mean we need to clamp down on these events? Personally I don’t think so, We just need to remember that there are risks. Does it mean nothing should be done? No. We should look at ways to lessen the chance of this happening again, but we need to know that already driving to an event such as this has higher risk then being there.
On a cool dark night the Aeroseums team gathered along with 40+ other lucky invites to witness history, the final touchdown of a Space Shuttle. We had been selected as part of NASA PR’s new program called a NASA TweetUp. This event selected 50 people randomly from applications submitted over the social networking service Twitter. The people selected where from all walks of life; educators, IT, bloggers, engineers, and so on. We all shared one thing in common, an excitement about space.
After a long set of flights from Appleton (KATW) to Orlando (KMCO) then a drive to the space coast we hit out hotel only long enough for a short nap and get the electronics ready. Next up was short drive to the PR office at Kennedy Space Center, a long wait hanging out with some cool space junkies and the bus ride out to the landing site. All in all about 3 hours of waiting and constantly thinking and reminiscing about the Space Shuttle program then knowing that very shortly we would be present at a moment in history.
Here is a word play game for you. Ask a pilot to respond to the word “Oshkosh” and see what happens. More likely then not they will come back with an answer that you can physically see, a smile, then a fond whimsical look on their face and only then will they say something. Oshkosh, or officially AirVenture, is an event that takes place every late July run by the Experimental Aircraft Association on the grounds surrounding Whitman Regional Airport (KOSH.) Every year the event attracts over 10,000 airplanes and hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world. Then you should dig a bit deeper and you will find a few key reasons people keep coming back, here are my reasons.