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What were you doing 45 years ago today ?

Old 16th Jul 2014, 20:52
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Perhaps a good follow up question is where you expect to be in 5 years from now at the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11?
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 20:56
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The moon landing was one of my very earliest memories: my parents ordered me, aged 3, to sit in front of the black-and-white television to watch "history in the making". I remember that quite clearly, but I am afraid I don't remember a thing about what we saw.....
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 21:07
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It is probably the earlier clear memory I have as well.
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 21:22
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Hey Goudie, My Dad was also seconded to the RMAF. I watched it all in PJ Jalan 11/14. probably not old enough to be allowed a whole tin of Tiger. That one event did have quite an impact on my life. Coff will tell you how emotional I get about space travel. I told my own kids that one day I will take them there [pointing to the moon] which I regularly observe through the telescope or binoculars. Unfortunately I now feel I let them down.
Its great to see the artefacts at the Smithsonian. I was disappointed last week at our Science Museum that the Lander was not real but one of the capsules was. I must have dreamed about having touched a piece of rock from the moon as the bit at Kensington is in a glass case filled with some inert gas.
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 21:32
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16 July 69 1:25 with Douggie Barr doing I/F in Phantom XT 907 and then 1:35 in XV 416 carrying out a sim strike and night flying with Gay Horning on 6 Sqn.
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 21:46
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Having a day off in Tachikawa on a North Pacific trainer - went downtown Tokyo on an underground train with the co-pilot, Ian Johnson RIP.
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 21:59
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At RAF Valley, doing mountain rescue trail.....It worked.
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 22:31
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Celebrating my first Birthday....nice of NASA to do that for me
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 22:35
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Waiting to be born, then made my way into the world 4 days later, on the day they landed on the moon. Apparently was going to be named Neil after Neil Armstrong, but Mr & Mrs Tunnels decided on Two.
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 22:38
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I'd have been about 9 months old. Probably wondering why all these grownups were walking about on 2 feet, and could I have a bit of that please?

I just about remember the later Saturn missions - Skylab, and particularly the Apollo-Soyuz mission, but nothing from 9 months!
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Old 16th Jul 2014, 23:37
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I had started delivering papers (10 yrs old) and reading them (at least superficially) and was interested in this, so my parent got me up to watch launch and landing (live) as we were out in Hawaii (Z-10hrs)..... my 3 younger brothers expressed no interest at all....

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Old 17th Jul 2014, 01:49
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I was on my Warrant Officer course at RAF Innsworth. Watched it live at O dark thirty and had to be on deck bright eyed and bushy tailed at 0800.
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Old 17th Jul 2014, 02:33
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On board one of Her Majesty's flat tops in the Indian Ocean on a no scheduled flying day listening to the BBC World Service coverage via the ship's tannoy.
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Old 17th Jul 2014, 03:08
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I was at RAF Tangmere and watched the launch in the mess TV room. Those Saturn V rockets were certainly something to see and hear. Sadly, we seem to have gone backwards since those days.

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Old 17th Jul 2014, 03:20
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Counting down the days- about 35, till I was due at OASC Biggin Hill, for my great adventure to start! Watched the landing coverage on the telly, then went out and looked at the moon- seemed a bit different.
As for 5 years from now- hope to be typing the same rubbish on PPRuNe, having forgotten I did it 5 years earlier.
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Old 17th Jul 2014, 05:24
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Working for the U.S. Navy flying one of my 153 combat missions in the Vought F-8 Crusader based on the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga CVA-14 maneuvering off the coast of North Vietnam and having the time of my life.

I've done a lot of exciting things since then, but my personal "fun meter" has never been nearly as high as it was back then. Of course I was a youngster and perhaps I didn't know any better.
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Old 17th Jul 2014, 06:36
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One trip, Lightning F3 XP 736, 90-180 Unknowns out of Wattisham. (one peep is worth a thousand sweeps!)
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Old 17th Jul 2014, 07:34
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Also one trip, Hunter FGA9 XJ680, from Sharjah, firing 30mm and dropping 25 lb practice bombs on Rashid range. Unlike a previous reporter, I don't remember any TV in Bahrain at that time, nor any local radio station, though we could get about 3 channels of VHF FM, mostly music, from Aramco in Dhahran.
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Old 17th Jul 2014, 07:42
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On the 16th July 1969 I was getting excited about becoming ten years old the next day.
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Old 17th Jul 2014, 08:37
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In a bar in Malta having come ashore from HMS Bulwark. We were on a 4 month deployment around the Med.
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