New book claims General Patton was assassinated, with the connivance of US leaders, to silence his criticism of allied war leaders. Target: Patton: The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton is available at Amazon US (now) & UK (pre-order). From Amazon’s customer reviews: Patton had been warned that he was on a hit list and he told his family that he didn’t expect to leave Europe alive.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington has dibs on shuttle Discovery, but the rush is already on to buy Atlantis and Endeavour. London’s Science Museum is trying to raise £30m for Endeavour, and Florida may try to raise $42m for a shuttle to display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Virgin Galactic’s odd-looking carrier aircraft, designed to be the first stage of a commercial spaceline system, makes its maiden test flight. FAA approves construction of Spaceport America, future host of Virgin Galactic’s suborbital flights.
You’ve got to be physically pretty strong to be any good at it at all. You’ve got to have a hard-core mental attitude. You’ve got to have the right mantra. You’ve got to have dedication, a sense of security, safety and sensitivity with your partners, and a good sense of balance. It’s a combination of many, many things. You need to have the capability or desire to accept a certain amount of risk. A lot of it is maybe spiritual, not a religious type, but you have to have an affinity with the outdoors.
You’re putting yourself on the line. Man used to put himself on the line all the time. Nowadays we’re protected by the police, fire, everything. There’s not much adventure left. Unless you look for it.