Sunday, March 14, 2010

USAF gathers aerospace legends in Germany

Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan and Jim Lovell, joined together with Ace fighter pilot Steve Ritchie and famed-Blackbird test pilot Robert Gilliland, to sign autographs and visit with wounded service members at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and service members waiting for flights at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

The "Legends of Aerospace Tour" was organized by Morale Entertainment Foundation. The group is on an eight-day tour of bases in Germany, Turkey and deployed locations in U.S. Central Command.

They were there for the service men and women, but used the opportunity to address recent changes in U.S. space policy. Here's an excerpt from the AirForceTimes article on the event:

Between pictures and autographs, Lovell, 81, and Cernan, 75, talked about the future of the U.S. space program.
Both criticized President Obama for wanting to cancel the Constellation program, which would return an American to the moon by 2020, and they urged Congress to reject the commander in chief’s request.
“We will go back to the moon not withstanding our president and his outlook for the future and future of space,” Cernan said. “Under the president’s proposed budget, it is a mission to nowhere.”

 Hopefully, President Barack Obama reads AirForceTimes.

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