I missed this thread. I have been mesmerized by space travel since the Red stone program..I was very young but remember locked to that black and white TV. Then Gemini ,,then the apogee ,,the Saturn program..The Saturn V was a monster. Over 350 ft high. 7.8 million lbs of thrust...We took the moon several times...Then for 20 yrs we endured mundane shuttle programs that killed more astronauts than all of the other space programs...Now here we are within 20 yrs of intergalactic space travel,,thanks to Virgin Atlantic,Burt and Dick Rutan,,Elon Musk and Bezos...Now we are on the fast track to the stars. JR,,your son made the right choice. That accident was caused by the early deployment of the recovery system by the co-pilot. I was offered a job on the shuttle 30 yrs ago.Turned it down...Doesn't snow there.
I thought this would interest alot of you techies out there.
About a year and a half ago my oldest son who is an aerospace engineer, left Gulfstream after 10 years. He and his wife moved to Mojave Calf. so he could work for The Spaceship Company a division of Virgin Galactic. Kathleen and I visited last summer and got to tour the facility. I have to say..I don't think I have ever seen anything more beautiful than the Spaceship. It was so humbling to me to see what incredible Americans and others can do when they work together for their goals. Here is an older video. There are many others on Youtube.
They hope to have a powered flight this year. Passengers next year. Start saving your money.
PS. and yes I know they crashed one 4 years ago killing the pilots