Thursday, May 17, 2007

Space Out With Orbiter

The June/July issue of Air & Space Magazine just arrived, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Space Age (measured from the launch of Sputnik in October 1957), they have an article called "50 Ways to Space Out" (it's already up on their web site). These include such suggestions as visiting museums, checking out various web sites, renting a "moonsuit," and bidding on space relics. But best of all is #23, "Simulate Deep Space," which suggests downloading freeware space simulations Celestia and Orbiter (the magazine version includes an Orbiter screen shot of the shuttle).

I noticed that the Reader's Scrap Book section of their web site has posted three more of the WW2 flying pictures that I submitted from Charlie Cook's collection. There's a portrait of Charlie from flight school, an aerial formation shot of a Vultee BT-15 "Vibrator," and another one of Charlie in full flight gear on the wing of an AT-6 Texan. There are many great photos submitted by other readers from all periods of aviation history.

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