DaveS - 23/10/2006 5:44 PM
Paul Howard - 23/10/2006 11:03 PMProbably NASA as they're flying a NASA aircraft.
I bet those guys have got a few stories to tell. Are they NASA or Air Force?
The last time I talked to the project office, they were all NASA.
When I flew that aircraft, it was an Air Force plane. We occasionally had NASA personnel flying as back seat equipment operator. Most of the time, we (AF) flew the NASA payloads. They just told us where they wanted us to fly and how to operate the equipment.
I became friendly with one of the NASA back-seaters. His name was Robin...I wish I could remember more of their names (that was in the late 60s...crs anymore). Most of the NASA people I worked with were equipment specialists. I think they had 2 people qualified to fly back seat with us. That qualification took a long time, including pressure suit training, and it was more cost effective to have an all AF crew.