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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Spaceship pilot, designer recount historic test flight

Published by admin on Sat Jul 31, 2004 1:05 pm
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By MEG JONES

Oshkosh – Among the many preparations for the first civilian manned spaceflight last month, pilot Mike Melvill bought a bag of M&Ms.
It wasn’t to satisfy a sweet tooth. Melvill needed something to illustrate the weightlessness he experienced during the historic flight.
A pen wouldn’t do. It could fall into the controls once Melvill traveled back to the surly bonds of gravity. So it was candy.

“I wasn’t trying to advertise for anybody,” Melvill told an overflowing crowd Friday morning at EAA AirVenture. “I just thought it would be cool to see these brightly colored things” hanging in air.

Melvill and the designer/builder of SpaceShipOne, Burt Rutan, recounted the test flight of the first privately developed manned spaceflight at the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, a place both have visited for decades. They will also appear at forums today at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m

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