Voices from New Mexico's Space History
Voices from New Mexico's Space History
Different quotations from New Mexico space pioneers appear on this page monthly. This is the February 2019 installment.
Different quotations from New Mexico space pioneers appear on this page monthly. This is the February 2019 installment.
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This excerpt is from Animal Astronauts: They Opened the Way to the Stars (Prentice-Hall, 1963). It describes an episode at the Mercury Program's chimpanzee training facility at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogoro, New Mexico.

Part of our chimp training program involved flying chimps in C-131 transports to get them used to flying. The pilots of these aircraft, of course, became rather knowledgeable about the whole program. Upon returning from these flights they call the control tower and advise, "I have a VIP aboard." Normally VIP means Very Important Person, but in this instance it meant Very Important Primate.

One day when taxiing in from a flight, one of the pilots decided to shake things up on the flight line. He put one of the more friendly chimps up in the co-pilot's seat and just as he moved onto the ramp toward the parking space the pilot ducked down. Now, always when an aircraft moves into the parking ramp there is a ground crewman giving signals, telling the pilot exactly where to park, easing him into the proper wheel chock position. The ground crewman concentrates on the position of the aircraft as it moves slowly into this position and does not look at the  pilot until a moment before the aircraft stops. You can imagine the expression on the ground crewman's face when he looked up and saw only the nonchalant chimpanzee staring back at him from the cockpit....



See previously featured quotes on the following pages:
        Voices Archives for the current year
        2018 Voices Archives
        [2017 Voices Archives were lost in a computer crash]
        2016 Voices Archives
        2015 Voices Archives
        2014 Voices Archives
        2013 Voices Archives
        2012 Voices Archives
        2011 Voices Archives


Photo Credits
Robert Goddard towing one of his rockets to the launch site near Roswell about 1931, courtesy of NASA.

WhiteKnightTwo carrying SpaceShipTwo at Spaceport America runway dedication flyover, photo by Loretta Hall.


Unless otherwise credited, all material on this site is
© Loretta Hall 2010-2019.

This excerpt is from Animal Astronauts: They Opened the Way to the Stars (Prentice-Hall, 1963). It describes an episode at the Mercury Program's chimpanzee training facility at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogoro, New Mexico.

Part of our chimp training program involved flying chimps in C-131 transports to get them used to flying. The pilots of these aircraft, of course, became rather knowledgeable about the whole program. Upon returning from these flights they call the control tower and advise, "I have a VIP aboard." Normally VIP means Very Important Person, but in this instance it meant Very Important Primate.

One day when taxiing in from a flight, one of the pilots decided to shake things up on the flight line. He put one of the more friendly chimps up in the co-pilot's seat and just as he moved onto the ramp toward the parking space the pilot ducked down. Now, always when an aircraft moves into the parking ramp there is a ground crewman giving signals, telling the pilot exactly where to park, easing him into the proper wheel chock position. The ground crewman concentrates on the position of the aircraft as it moves slowly into this position and does not look at the  pilot until a moment before the aircraft stops. You can imagine the expression on the ground crewman's face when he looked up and saw only the nonchalant chimpanzee staring back at him from the cockpit....


See previously featured quotes on the following pages:
Voices Archives for the current year
[Voices Archives from 2017 were lost in a computer crash]
2016 Voices Archives
2015 Voices Archives
2014 Voices Archives
2013 Voices Archives
2012 Voices Archives
2011 Voices Archives


Photo Credits
Robert Goddard towing one of his rockets to the launch site near Roswell about 1931, courtesy of NASA.

WhiteKnightTwo carrying SpaceShipTwo at Spaceport America runway dedication flyover, photo by Loretta Hall.


Unless otherwise credited, all material on this site is © Loretta Hall 2010-2018.

For more information about New Mexico's contributions to space exploration, visit the New Mexico Museum of Space History.
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For more information about New Mexico's contributions to space exploration, visit the New Mexico Museum of Space History.