Glory Trip 18 Nov 09

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Glory Trip 18 Nov 09

Postby castlebravo on Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:25 pm

The last of three MM3 launches of 2009 is scheduled for the 18th of November.
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Re: Glory Trip 18 Nov 09

Postby Capt. Bill on Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:48 am

What number is it? I think they hit #200 in August of this year. The last three MM III launches are not marked as Glory Trip even though they may have been.
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Re: Glory Trip 18 Nov 09

Postby Capt. Bill on Wed Nov 11, 2009 2:44 am

From this web site
http://www.spacearchive.info/vafblog.htm

Glory Trip 01GM was on 23 Mar 1971
Glory Trip 100GM was on 25 Jan 1984
MM I, DMCCC 741st, 742nd SMS Oct 69 - Oct 71 3 HQs and a Select Crew rating
MM III DMCCC, 742nd SMS Oct 71 - Feb 72
MM III MCCC, 742nd SMS Feb 72 - Aug 72
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Re: Glory Trip 18 Nov 09

Postby hockey85 on Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:50 pm

wblakeney wrote:What number is it? I think they hit #200 in August of this year. The last three MM III launches are not marked as Glory Trip even though they may have been.


They are still called Glory Trips. Mine was 195GM-2 in August of this year, but the number sequence doesn't neccesarily go in order of launches. For example, 198 could go before 194, 201 before 199, etc. It all depends on when the launch started getting planned, delays, range time available, etc. I'm unaware of what the next Glory Trip number is, but it has got to be around 196 to the low 200's... somewhere in that ballpark of numbers.

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Re: Glory Trip 18 Nov 09

Postby Capt. Bill on Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:10 pm

I have to thank Charlie Simpson of AAFM for finding that VAFB launch history web site when I was trying find out the number of my Glory Trips. The earlier ones are easy to find because they say SAC launched. There is one shown on 23 Aug 2009 but whoever updates that site did not mark it as a Glory Trip. Did you get to see yours go off, my three we were in the underground LCC. If you had one of the above ground LCCs you could turn keys then run outside and see it lift off. It was good feeling though when they called down and said it launched ok. It took 13 years to hit a hundred then 25 years for the 2nd hundred, so guess Glory Trip 300 will be around 2059
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Re: Glory Trip 18 Nov 09

Postby Goes2Fast on Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:24 am

I was the commander on GM130 on 27 Oct 88. I didn't see the launch, but the fog was so thick everyone said it was just a flash of orange. When I went back as an EWOT in 4315 later, got to see a lot of great launches.
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Re: Glory Trip 18 Nov 09

Postby Capt. Bill on Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:50 am

Goes2Fast wrote:I was the commander on GM130 on 27 Oct 88. I didn't see the launch, but the fog was so thick everyone said it was just a flash of orange. When I went back as an EWOT in 4315 later, got to see a lot of great launches.


Was there a special reason you got picked, I went on mine because I was single.

I didn't get to see but an Atlas launch at 0530 woke me up when I was VAFB for training. Looking at VAFB launch history it was apparently an Atlas F AFSC launch, probably a satellite.
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Re: Glory Trip 18 Nov 09

Postby Nou on Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:33 pm

Is there anyplace I can view this live? I'd love to watch... No Vandenberg TV like NASA TV?
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Re: Glory Trip 18 Nov 09

Postby Capt. Bill on Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:20 pm

Don't think so for live viewing but there are videos of launches on YouTube.com
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Re: Glory Trip 18 Nov 09

Postby Nou on Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:32 pm

wblakeney wrote:Don't think so for live viewing but there are videos of launches on YouTube.com



Yea but I've seen them all! :P
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Re: Glory Trip 18 Nov 09

Postby Capt. Bill on Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:50 pm

Things have changed in 50 years. I used to watch the first satellite launches in the late 50s from Cape Canaveral . All the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo and the early shuttle launches got full network coverage. Today's shuttle launch got about 20 seconds on NBC news.
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Re: Glory Trip 18 Nov 09

Postby Capt. Bill on Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:50 pm

Things have changed in 50 years. I used to watch the first satellite launches in the late 50s from Cape Canaveral . All the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo and the early shuttle launches got full network coverage. Today's shuttle launch got about 20 seconds on NBC news.
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Re: Glory Trip 18 Nov 09

Postby Goes2Fast on Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:10 am

wblakeney wrote:
Goes2Fast wrote:I was the commander on GM130 on 27 Oct 88. I didn't see the launch, but the fog was so thick everyone said it was just a flash of orange. When I went back as an EWOT in 4315 later, got to see a lot of great launches.


Was there a special reason you got picked, I went on mine because I was single.

I didn't get to see but an Atlas launch at 0530 woke me up when I was VAFB for training. Looking at VAFB launch history it was apparently an Atlas F AFSC launch, probably a satellite.

No special reason for getting picked. I was married, my DMCCC was single. Like everything while I was in, you tended to get "perks for performance" to some degree. If you held additional duties, volunteered for briefing teams, had good scores, HQs on your checks, etc., it seemed to pay dividends.
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Re: Glory Trip 18 Nov 09

Postby Capt. Bill on Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:13 am

Actually I got picked because both me and my commander were single. One of the scheduled crews busted a check right before they were supposed to leave and that caused a little panic in the squadron. They figured that my commander and I could leave on 2 or 3 days notice because we were single. We were both old MM I guys and I had 2 years and my commander had 2 1/2 years experience. We had less than a month since upgrading to MM III. It was a prime FOTE launch since there was 3 birds and a ot of the MM III guys thought we had just gotten there. That was due to the separation of the MM I and MM III during the Mod at Minot. It seems like guys picked at Minot had about 2 years experience.
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