The first half of the Right Stuff was really something my Dad, John Grandfather he never knew, would have been very proud of seeing. He was a Areonautical Engineer for Bell Aircraft in the 40's and 50's, and was very much a part of all the X-planes at Bell. As a kid, we traveled from Buffalo to Pearblossom, and lived for the summer where Dad went Daily to the Edwards AF base for the Maiden flight of the X-5, which he was the flight test structual engineer. At that time one of the later X-1's had its first glide test. He was a big part of the later X-1A, X-1B, and the X-2 programs. All these years after, the highway through pearblossom has not changed and my sister remebers the very house we lived in for that summer in 1951. I seriously have thought about writing a book, YES WITH A SPELLING CORRECTOR PROGRAM, of the life of my Grandfather, who was a steamfitter on the Railroad locomotives, to my Dads and my aerospace carreers. I think how they all connect both in the home side and in our working lives is neat story.
John has worked for years with FIOA requests for many of my Dads programs. One of which is the Bell BOMI design of what evolved to the Boeing Dynasour, and onto the current Shuttle design. It all began with a Bell Aircraft concept, in a period of time my Dad was in charge of many advanced design concepts, that never made if off the drawing boards. At one time he headed a department that was designing 6 different ideas, he than went on to the Rascal Missile program.