Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot,
by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse.
" -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

48 Years Ago

A major blizzard hit the Chicago area.

While Chicagoans were digging out from the snow, the news came that the three astronauts of what was then known as Apollo 204, aka Apollo 1, had burned to death in a fire inside the Command Module. Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee were doomed as soon as the first spark flew.

NASA would go on to forget many of the lessons learned in the Apollo 1 fire, only to relearn them in separate accidents nearly 20 years apart.

1 comment:

Nangleator said...

I remember a tidbit I learned about the conditions inside the capsule. Under that much pressure, with pure oxygen, aluminum itself could burn like a pine log.