Space & Astronomy
Virgin Galactic chief pilot announced
By T.K. Randall
August 2, 2011 · 6 comments
Image Credit: Virgin Galactic
David Mackay will be flying tourists in to space on Virgin's sub-orbital space flights within two years.
The 53-year-old has had a lifelong ambition to become an astronaut and spent 16 years with the RAF. "I found out that those astronauts were ex-test pilots, so I rather ambitiously decided that I would join the RAF, become a test pilot, then become an astronaut," he says.
A Wiltshire man is set to become the first pilot to fly tourists into space. David Mackay, 53, from Salisbury, is the chief pilot for Virgin Galactic. The company, which is part of Richard Branson's Virgin Group, is aiming to run the first commercial "sub-orbital space flights", which it is hoped will begin within two years.
Source: BBC News
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