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Veterans Day

Remembrance Poppy

On this Veterans Day, Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day we want to thank each and every one of you who have served with your country’s armed forces. I had three grandparents in World War Two, my father’s farther was a instrument flight instructor for B-25 Mitchel bombers in the US Army Air Corp, my father’s mother was in the Women’s Army Air Corps as an air traffic controller, and my mother’s father was a training instructor for African American troops learning to be clerical aids for officers, company clerks, and similar rolls. While none of them saw a combat theater all played an important roll in making sure the war machine was well prepared. My farther service in the US Army as a journalist in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star.

So today on this cold and blustery Veterans Day I give thanks not only to those who have lost their lives in combat but also those men and women behind the scene who gave it everything they had.

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Being a present at history, again.

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.

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Being Present at History

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.

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