Rusty_Barton - 24/3/2008 9:33 PM
We have seen people fly again that may have "screwed the pooch" if they had friends in high places. An example is Cernan and the Banana River training helicopter crash.
I was speaking specifically about perceived mishandling of a space mission not earthly missteps.
Carpenter, Eisele, Cunningham, Pogue, Carr, Gibson...
True, but there is also evidence that if George Abbey liked you, you got flight assignments, and if he didn't, you were benched. It is believed that happened with Rusty Schweickhart after Apollo 9. The time period of Gus' flight was before the leadership of the Astronaut Office under Deke Slayton and Alan Shepherd, who also put their own stamp on flight assignments, although, from all that I have read, Abbey made the final call.