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(Business Insider)   The ten coolest aircraft Neil Armstrong ever flew. Well, eight aircraft and two spaceships. (Not a slideshow)   (businessinsider.com) divider line 27
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2012-08-31 05:20:17 PM
static2.businessinsider.com

technically a spacecraft, X15 text pilots received astronaut wings IIRC...
 
2012-08-31 05:21:09 PM
You got that backward: Anything he ever flew became cool.
 
2012-08-31 05:32:46 PM

Eirik: You got that backward: Anything he ever flew became cool.


All of us combined (fark members) will never be as cool as Neil Armstrong.
 
2012-08-31 05:37:42 PM

Lord Schtupp: [static2.businessinsider.com image 850x543]

technically a spacecraft, X15 text pilots received astronaut wings IIRC...


Yup, though Armstrong never flew high enough with the X-15 to get his wings. He'd have to wait until Gemini 8 for his first flight into space. X-15 works on the same basic principal as Spaceshipone & Spaceshiptwo though. Still the fastest manned aircraft ever and Armstrong has the third fastest flight with the X-15.
 
2012-08-31 05:53:47 PM
Pretty sure Gemini 8 went up on a Titan II, which is seriously not what they have a picture of. Pretty sure that's an Atlas Agena, which launched their docking target. Seriously lazy Authors are seriously lazy.
 
2012-08-31 05:55:42 PM
Serious question. Why isn't 'aircraft' pluralized with an S?
 
2012-08-31 05:56:28 PM
oldschool.joshway.com

So farking terrible.
 
2012-08-31 06:00:59 PM

John Buck 41: Serious question. Why isn't 'aircraft' pluralized with an S?


Same reason sheep doesn't. Aircraft, like sheep, is already plural, so it doesn't need an S.
 
2012-08-31 06:24:12 PM

ProdigalSigh: [oldschool.joshway.com image 300x225]

So farking terrible.


Baa ba ba baaaa. Baa baa ba ba BAAA ba ba...

At any rate, the X-15 is the most awesome *craft ever invented, and they did it in the mid 20th century.
 
2012-08-31 06:32:50 PM

Coco LaFemme: John Buck 41: Serious question. Why isn't 'aircraft' pluralized with an S?

Same reason sheep doesn't. Aircraft, like sheep, is already plural, so it doesn't need an S.


Ok. Like moose, elk, and deer. Got it, thanks.
 
2012-08-31 07:20:35 PM

John Buck 41: Serious question. Why isn't 'aircraft' pluralized with an S?


For the same reason steak and streak are pronounced completely differently despite the simple addition of an r.

Also, those aircraft in the last picture aren't even real.
 
2012-08-31 08:13:41 PM

JonBuck: ProdigalSigh: [oldschool.joshway.com image 300x225]

So farking terrible.

Baa ba ba baaaa. Baa baa ba ba BAAA ba ba...

At any rate, the X-15 is the most awesome *craft ever invented, and they did it in the mid 20th century.


Anyone who piloted any of the 1950's-1960's-era X-planes required Balls of Steel (TM), as did anyone who went up in those early Mercury launches, since no one knew *anything* about what the hell they were about to experience.
 
2012-08-31 08:20:50 PM
They didn't build that!
 
2012-08-31 09:21:23 PM
geeksyndicate.files.wordpress.com

Just rewatched it last weekend, thanks to a podcast which reminded me of it. Held up pretty well for an 80s kid flick.
 
2012-08-31 11:03:15 PM
List is incomplete ...no mention of the lunar lander simulator, the Flying Bedstead, which nearly killed him. Fortunately it had an ejection seat.
 
2012-08-31 11:16:34 PM

bbfreak: Lord Schtupp: [static2.businessinsider.com image 850x543]

technically a spacecraft, X15 text pilots received astronaut wings IIRC...

Yup, though Armstrong never flew high enough with the X-15 to get his wings. He'd have to wait until Gemini 8 for his first flight into space. X-15 works on the same basic principal as Spaceshipone & Spaceshiptwo though. Still the fastest manned aircraft ever and Armstrong has the third fastest flight with the X-15.


Minimum altitude for official astronaut status is 50 miles in the US, 100 km elsewhere. The X-15 and SpaceShip One have met both standards.
 
2012-08-31 11:17:40 PM
*SpaceShipOne
 
2012-09-01 12:00:05 AM

common sense is an oxymoron: bbfreak: Lord Schtupp: [static2.businessinsider.com image 850x543]

technically a spacecraft, X15 text pilots received astronaut wings IIRC...

Yup, though Armstrong never flew high enough with the X-15 to get his wings. He'd have to wait until Gemini 8 for his first flight into space. X-15 works on the same basic principal as Spaceshipone & Spaceshiptwo though. Still the fastest manned aircraft ever and Armstrong has the third fastest flight with the X-15.

Minimum altitude for official astronaut status is 50 miles in the US, 100 km elsewhere. The X-15 and SpaceShip One have met both standards.


TFA says he only got 207,000 feet in the X-15, still not in space but closer than I'll probably ever get. But the X-15 was a spacecraft complete with attitude control thrusters so I'd count it as 3 space and 7 air craft. And one bad ass guy. Though from what I've read about the F-104 it was more likely to kill him than the rest of them.
 
2012-09-01 12:35:25 AM

ClavellBCMI: JonBuck: ProdigalSigh: [oldschool.joshway.com image 300x225]

So farking terrible.

Baa ba ba baaaa. Baa baa ba ba BAAA ba ba...

At any rate, the X-15 is the most awesome *craft ever invented, and they did it in the mid 20th century.

Anyone who piloted any of the 1950's-1960's-era X-planes required Balls of Steel (TM), as did anyone who went up in those early Mercury launches, since no one knew *anything* about what the hell they were about to experience.


^ So much this.. Not only balls but pure flying skills. No computer controlled/assisted sissy aircraft.. They stick and rudder flew all those X-Planes.. God that era ruled "Build the most powerful engine you can and we'll strap some wings on it and fly it"
 
2012-09-01 12:36:58 AM

Lord Schtupp: technically a spacecraft, X15 text pilots received astronaut wings IIRC...


When I was little, back in the early '70s, my older cousin had a model of the X-15 and I always thought it looked cool. Then I got to see an X-15 at the Smithsonian a few years later and it amazed me how small it actually was.
 
2012-09-01 12:52:15 AM

bbfreak: principal


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2012-09-01 12:55:44 AM
 
2012-09-01 01:16:39 PM
I wonder if Neil Armstrong and John Young would have liked to have traded their X-15 and Space Shuttle experiences. I'm guessing not, because Armstrong certainly could have stayed and flown the Space Shuttle if he'd wanted to.
 
2012-09-01 04:42:36 PM
Harry_Seldon 2012-08-31 08:20:50 PM

They didn't build that! I'm an idiot with the wits of a shorted out waffle iron!

Go away, Harry.
 
2012-09-01 11:32:19 PM

Nem Wan: I wonder if Neil Armstrong and John Young would have liked to have traded their X-15 and Space Shuttle experiences. I'm guessing not, because Armstrong certainly could have stayed and flown the Space Shuttle if he'd wanted to.


Well you done answered your own question. Hell he probably could of flown on the space shuttle even after he left NASA if he really wanted to. His landing on the moon was great, but how he didn't capitalize on that fame after he did it was classy.
 
2012-09-02 01:53:42 AM
The lunar lander wasn't really a spacecraft though subby, was it?
 
2012-09-02 07:38:42 PM
almandot 2012-09-02 01:53:42 AM

DURP?

Yes, it was. Don't be dumb, please.
 
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