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Virgin Galactic chief pilot announced

By T.K. Randall
August 2, 2011 · Comment icon 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 | Comments (6)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Le Lapedalleur 12 years ago
Interesting stuff. If I had the money i'd buy the £125,000 ticket. I only hope Mr Branson takes account of his friend Steve Fosset and the explanation for the supemagnetic anomalies at one or two certain locations around the world. His designers hopefully have.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Habitat 12 years ago
125,000 nicker will be a very expensive way to throw up for some, I fear.
Comment icon #3 Posted by King Fluffs 12 years ago
Awwwwwwww Yeaaaah!
Comment icon #4 Posted by 27vet 12 years ago
Will this be a single crew operation?
Comment icon #5 Posted by xXHellkittiesXx 12 years ago
I call shotgun! I've got my juice boxes and pudding cups, whos up for Mars?
Comment icon #6 Posted by marcos anthony toledo 12 years ago
I hope this don't in a deadend like the space shuttle but leads to something better.

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