Legends of Aerospace Tour

Organized by:

Morale Entertainment
in Association with
Armed Forces Entertainment

Sponsored b...
The Mission of Morale Entertainment



To tap into our love of country and our vast bipartisan resources to
bring the best...
Troop Morale

 Morale, generally defined, is a state of mind that either
  encourages or impedes action. The greatest comb...
Commemorative
     8 X 10 inch
      cards with
signatures were
   designed and
       printed in
  advance to be
  given ...
LEGENDS OF AEROSPACE TOUR




 Another tour participant is Jeffrey Kluger, who wrote the book with Jim Lovell that
Ron How...
Jim Lovell hosted a dinner in the “Wine Cellar”
  of his son’s Lake Forest, Illinois restaurant.
This is the first time al...
Our out of town guests stayed at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. The kick-off luncheon for
                our sponsors and...
Sally and Ray Caldiero with Neil
Armstrong at the luncheon reception.
Kick-off luncheon for 75 guests
 and sponsors was hosted by
   American Airlines and the
        Fairmont Hotel.
The Legends of Aerospace with David Hartman are introduced to the luncheon guests. We
          can already tell they are ...
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn




    The Governor is a huge supporter of our Military. He spoke at our
    luncheon to wish...
Next to the gate at Chicago O’Hare Airport, American
Airlines built this stage for a Press Conference. Here,
    Captain S...
Local and national TV crews are there to capture this event which is also open to
       the flying public who happened to...
We board the American Airlines B767 aircraft. The entire flight
      crew wanted a group picture with the Legends.
After landing at Frankfurt Airport, we board a
bus for our 2-hour drive to Ramstein Air Base.
Ramstein Air Base
Germany
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center




Every day, planes land at Ramstein AB with severely injured US soldiers from Iraq an...
Wounded troops are flown in
from the war to Ramstein in
  Aerovac C-17’s and other
      military aircraft.
These aircraft are configured with hospital
               support facilities and crews
We visited many wounded servicemen and
women, presenting gifts, listening to their
stories and thanking them for the servi...
Some patients cannot be visited without
      sterile gowns and gloves
Everywhere we visited, troops,
doctors and nurses want pictures
taken to remember the day they
 met these Aerospace Legends
After a 22 minute
  introductory video is
shown to the troops at
   every venue, David
    Hartman takes the
     stage to...
The five Legends sit on director’s chairs on stage
 and begin telling their amazing stories led in a
    conversational fo...
Troops are on the edge of their
   seats to hear first hand
accounts of the most amazing
 aerospace accomplishments
After each
  presentation, 8 X 10
inch signed cards are
handed out along with
     DVD’s and other
         memorabilia
Jim Lovell brought “Apollo 13”
   DVD’s and Gene Cernan
brought audio CD’s of his book
After presentations,
opportunities existed for photos
       and handshakes
Eating Breakfast with the Troops
Our Apollo astronauts were thrilled to
spend time with each other as we
traveled sharing stories from their
early flying d...
No matter where we gathered, troops wanted an opportunity to meet the
    Legends, shake hands, have a photo taken and sha...
`
    From Ramstein, we will
    travel on Military
    transport aircraft to
    bases in these
    countries and an
    ...
Many of the missions will be flown on this KC-135 aerial refueling tanker
Our flight crew of
         ten were
    fantastic and
  thrilled to have
     the honor to
support this tour
The interior of the KC-135 was configured as shown here. Luggage is strapped
      to pallets. Some tour members sat on re...
A pallet of economy seats was
   available for our astronauts
….and aviators
All tour participants are allowed access everywhere aboard this aircraft including the cockpit
David Hartman visits the
cockpit and listens to ground
controllers and flight crew
communications with
Bose Aviation Heads...
General Steve “Cinco” Ritchie was thrilled to sit in the right seat, chat with the
           crews, share stories and lea...
Visits were also
       permitted in the
“boom control pod” in
the tail of the aircraft.
     Here the boom is
   lowered....
“Boomers” use a
joystick to precisely
lower the fueling
boom into the
receiver aircraft
Incirlik AB, Turkey
Our tour participants are warmly
greeted by base commanders at
           every stop
A Turkish General is excited to meet
General Ritchie. They both had flown
   F-104 Starfighters during their
         resp...
The US State Department requested our
      Legends make two additional,
  non-Military presentations to bolster
    inter...
The crowds were overwhelming. It felt as if “rock stars” had
 arrived. So many people showed up, not everyone would
      ...
A Turkish interpreter did a fantastic job of real
time translation throughout the one hour program
Crowds were so large, overflow rooms with video feeds were required
Turkish media
covered the
event. The
following day, it
seemed every
newspaper in
Turkey ran a
story.
David Hartman studies a regional map
covering our next stops along the tour
Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait
Known as “The Rock” group pictures with troops were taken
At every venue, after the seats are all filled, troops
    sat on the floor and stood in the back for standing
Kuwait Audi...
Microphones are
passed around for
 the troops to ask
     questions
Our planning team had been concerned whether
18-24 year old troops would care about or bother to
come see 67-83 year old A...
The Legends were
incredibly excited to
     share their
phenomenal stories
Media covered the tour throughout. In
 Kuwait, FOX News crews filmed the
 event and transmitted a live satellite
         ...
MSgt Sean Dion (386th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron):



 “I would like to say that the event was one of the
 m...
The poster
                                                    below is typical
                                          ...
At a base building for dinner, families were waiting for us to cheer the arrival of
                       our Legends. Ki...
An Air Force Colonel brought his sons and a book
about space that was autographed by Jim Lovell
In base Mess Halls, we would randomly select
    troops to sit with during various meals
Al Udeid AB - Qatar
Colonel Ed Shock, Head of
Armed Forces Entertainment
     with AFE’s Captain
    Jamie Fleischhacker
We are driven out to a B-1 Bomber. The
crew had lined up waiting for our arrival.
Jim Lovell and others climb up into
   the cockpit to look at the layout
The B-1B Bomber




    We are each given the exceptional
opportunity to write something on these
 bombs and sign our name...
Jim Lovell sends his
message to the enemy
B-1’s take off on their mission to
                     Afghanistan
At most stops, we are given a base tour
We stop at a Patriot Missile
System for a briefing
Patriot Missile Battery
                After an explanation of
                how this defensive system
                ...
The Colonel presents Patriot
Coins to the Astronauts
Another packed house for
     that evening’s event
The panel shares more incredible stories
At a reception after the evening event, several NFL football
players on a USO tour, stop by to meet our Legends
LT David Epstein (USN): “The visit of the 5 Legends was spectacular!!

It has been a life-long dream for me to meet Neil A...
Another breakfast and an opportunity to share
    one-on-one moments with the troops
Our Legends and the
KC-135 flight crew take a
group picture
This photo is printed and signed for each
member of the crew
We transfer to a
  Navy C-9
Seeb - Oman




After landing in Oman, we transfer to this
 COD for the flight to the aircraft carrier
A quick group photo with
our new Navy flight crew
Special helmets, ear protection
and life vests are required gear
on the COD which stands for
“Carrier Onboard Delivery”
After approximately an hour flight, we find
the USS Dwight D Eisenhower at sea
Flight Deck of USS Eisenhower
With the tail hook down, we prepare to catch the arresting
                 cables on the flight deck
We catch the second of four cables and come to a halt
After parking, we disembark the COD aircraft to begin our
                24 hours aboard the carrier
Bob Gilliland salutes Ike’s Captain Mewbourne
The Captain greets
Neil Armstrong
aboard with sailors
watching our arrival
David Hartman shares his
      excitement with the
Captain during a welcome
         aboard reception
After the reception, we split
     into two groups. Some
    board a helicopter to fly
   over to a nearby support
       ...
USS HUÉ CITY is the 20th ship in the Ticonderoga class
  of guided missile cruisers and is the only ship in the
     Navy ...
Others suit up for an
excursion onto the flight
deck of the USS
Eisenhower
The Eisenhower is providing 30% of the air cover over
Afghanistan. Their mission requires continuous sorties to be
launche...
Our Naval Aviators are incredibly thrilled to
be back in the action, up close and
personal. Jim Lovell is really excited b...
The Aero Club of
    Southern California’s
President, Nissen Davis,
one of the tour planners,
     is also thrilled by the...
Flight crews prepare to be launched into action
Flight deck crews maneuver the
aircraft into position on the catapult
The shooter gives the
OK to launch
The catapult is fired
And she’s airborne in seconds
Thrilled to have us onboard, the airmen do
         a coordinated fly-over in formation
Next, we are taken to the aft of the carrier’s flight deck to observe sorties
    returning to the ship. The tail hook is ...
The most efficient method of
communications between airmen and flight
 deck crews are still hand signals. These
  signals ...
In addition to hand
 signals, light signaling
   systems are used to
line up aircraft with the
   flight deck for carrier
...
Another aircraft is positioned for launch
All the crews are color
coded for clear
differentiation of
responsibilities. Here the
red crew is moving weapon
systems to...
Smart weapons are locked into place on an aircraft
Captain Mewbourne gives a
         tour of the bridge
The Captain explains how the lighting system
guides an incoming aircraft onto the deck of a
               moving carrier
The Fleet Admiral offers up his chair for photo ops.
Here General Ritchie is thrilled by the opportunity.
Aircraft operate day and night in support of war mission requirements
We conducted two programs on the carrier, one at night and a second the next
morning. There are typically 5,000 crew membe...
View from behind the panelists across the Hanger Deck on the Eisenhower. Notice that the
 huge hangar door is wide open to...
It would be nearly impossible to shoot pictures one sailor at a time. After each
     show, we would line up 20 sailors wi...
Many unusual items were
brought along to be included
   in these group photos
Whenever
      possible,
    autographs
      would be
      provided
personalized for
    each sailor.
F/A 18 pilots gathered in a
 briefing room for a great
evening conversation with
        the Legends
This provided a great opportunity for pilots
          to talk directly to pilots
Chatting with the F/A-18 Pilots




           Everyone genuinely enjoyed these
         special moments and wonderful sto...
Cinco talked with other pilots
getting ready to depart on a
      combat mission
The two pilots kneeling
in front had just
returned from a mission
over Afghanistan
The ship’s EXUM invited us
for a special breakfast with
    the CPO’s onboard
We shared a great breakfast, told stories, made
speeches and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to
         talk with many of t...
From a crew member on the USS Eisenhower:

I had the pleasure of talking with you over breakfast
when you and your group w...
Naval Astronaut Wings


An amazingly special moment happened while we were on the USS Eisenhower. Neil
Armstrong, who serv...
In a Ceremony aboard
   the ship, Captain
Mewbourne pinned on
Neil’s Naval Astronaut
Wings 40 years after he
 landed on th...
During the ceremony, Armstrong said that
 since that time nearly everything in his
career has had its roots in naval aviat...
It was especially poignant for Gene Cernan, as these
   men had both gone to Purdue University, served in
            the ...
As Capt Mewbourne pinned on the wings, Armstrong's friend and Apollo 13 astronaut Jim
Lovell joked that it was tradition t...
Legendary astronaut and former Navy pilot
Neil Armstrong received a pair of honorary
Naval Astronaut Wings in a small cere...
Gifts were
exchanged.
Morale
Entertainment’s
Mike Whalen
accepted a hand
made plaque
commemorating
the “Legends of
Aerospa...
Tour posters
were signed as
  gifts for the
 sailors on the
     carrier
We said good-bye to the ship’s crew and boarded our
         COD flight back to Seeb - Oman
The aircraft taxis into position and attaches onto one of the four
    catapults. The thrust diverter folds up from the de...
USN Bahrain
Local Bahrain
dignitaries greet our
inbound aircraft and
      are honored to
  meet our Legends
In the Green Room for that afternoon’s event, a cake
     had been prepared commemorating the Tour
Troops and their families stood in line to collect our commemorative 8 X 10 inch cards for each
Legend. Countless people s...
On bases not in the war zone, servicemen and women
may have their families live with them. It is an awesome
 opportunity f...
Imagine the stories in
this family about the day
 Neil Armstrong came to
      lift their spirits.
The children had numerous items to be autographed
Bob Gilliland is excited
 to fulfill the dreams of
  these future aviators
Major John Lewis (386th Air
Expeditionary Wing):

“Having the Legends of
Aerospace crew here was a
once in a lifetime even...
Vice Admiral
William E. Gortney
Commander, U.S.
  Naval Forces
Central Command


 That evening, we
     were special
     ...
The Admiral
  displayed a
book for each
of his guest’s
       to sign
David Hartman was especially popular
 amongst the Naval spouses who had
              watched him during his
“Good Morning...
Along with Admiral Gortney’s senior commanding officers and their families,
   we all had a wonderful evening under the st...
RAF Mildenhall - England
After a late arrival into Mildenhall, we were taken directly to the venue for that
   night’s show. The room was so full t...
There were still 1,000 people in line outside demanding to get in to see the event. We immediately
       asked the Legend...
After the first
  show was over,
the patient crowd
 was allowed into
          the hall.
The entire room was filled for the second show that night
Everyone was thrilled
RAF Mildenhall
From an airman at Mildenhall:

I'm 12 years into my Air Force career, and have done
and seen many things in...
The US State Department had made arrangements for the second
non-Military event at The Royal Society of London known for t...
Bob Gilliland
arrives at The
Royal Society
The Earl of Selbourne
introduces David Hartman to
the distinguished audience at
      The Royal Society
The Royal Society
The leading scientists and Engineers from the United Kingdom were honored
           to hear from our distinguished aviato...
The British Broadcasting
Company (BBC) covered this
  event for British television
After the presentation, Neil
was absolutely honored to
    meet some of the great
          British Engineers,
  Physicist...
Earlier that morning, Bob
Gilliland asked “May I invite
a couple of friends to
dinner tonight?”


We said of course. He
pr...
One was RAF Wing Commander
Andy Green (right) with Morale Entertainment
      Board Member Rusty Pickering
ANDY GREEN
 I have the World’s Best day job, as a Fighter Pilot in
the Royal Air Force. I was sponsored through Oxford
Uni...
Andy Green also happens to
currently hold the land speed
record by breaking the sound
barrier (768 MPH) in Thrust SSC
Andrew will next attempt to
break 1,000 mph in
Bloodhound SSC
Captain
                               Eric Brown

•
    Captain Eric Melrose "Winkle" Brown (born 21 January 1919) is a
 ...
Eric “Winkle” Brown




He holds the record for the most aircraft carrier landings (2407) and
most catapult launches. He p...
The Most Amazing Dinner
  Imagine having at the same dinner table:
 • First man on the moon
 • First to fly fastest aircra...
All those individually amazing and outstanding
 accomplishments were embodied in these gentlemen.
Yes, we were each pinchi...
The next morning, we drive to Heathrow Airport for our
  American Airlines flight to New York. Here Morale
 Entertainment ...
The Apollo astronauts were pleased to be flying again
   on an American Airlines B777 over the Atlantic
Homeward Bound on AA
      Mar.13




             Once again the crews all wanted
             pictures. The pilot announ...
Welcome Home Event




  Waiting for us aboard the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier on New York’s
Hudson River were 2,400 people ...
However, one of the worst
“Nor'easter” storms engulfed the
New York area just as we were
attempting to land at New York’s
...
To our surprise, the next day 1,000 people returned to
 the aircraft carrier including 400 Boy Scouts who had
been allowed...
Although two of
           our tour
  participants had
             family
commitments that
      could not be
     change...
We had originally planned to hold a Press Event in front
    of this SR-71 on the flight deck of the Intrepid.
 Bob Gillil...
We had also hoped General Ritchie would tell stories to
  the Media in front of this MIG -21, parked on the
              ...
Neil posed with several young space
enthusiasts at the conclusion of the
program aboard the Intrepid.


It was an amazing ...
Legends of Aerospace Tour



If you would be interested in helping us on a
        future tour, please let us know.

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Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell, Gene Cernan, Bob Gilliland and Steve Ritchie visit the troops with David Hartman as panel moderator.

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Legends of Aerospace Tour March 2010 - Morale Entertainment

  1. 1. Legends of Aerospace Tour Organized by: Morale Entertainment in Association with Armed Forces Entertainment Sponsored by: American Airlines Boeing Northrop Grumman Intrepid Museum Fairmont Hotels San Diego Air and Space Museum
  2. 2. The Mission of Morale Entertainment To tap into our love of country and our vast bipartisan resources to bring the best of America to Military women and men overseas To illustrate the indomitable spirit of American Armed Forces to the United States Public and the World To inspire Citizens to take an active role in supporting or Serving our Country To recognize sacrifices and achievements of our men and women in uniform
  3. 3. Troop Morale Morale, generally defined, is a state of mind that either encourages or impedes action. The greatest combat commanders have always understood that morale reflects the mental, moral, and physical condition of their troops. These conditions, in turn, directly relate to the troops' courage, confidence, discipline, enthusiasm, and willingness to endure the sacrifices and hardships of military duty. Troops with high morale can operate, even succeed against high odds, in all kinds of conditions. Poor morale can lead to failure, even when odds favor victory. At a basic level, good morale allows soldiers to overcome fear.
  4. 4. Commemorative 8 X 10 inch cards with signatures were designed and printed in advance to be given away to the troops overseas
  5. 5. LEGENDS OF AEROSPACE TOUR Another tour participant is Jeffrey Kluger, who wrote the book with Jim Lovell that Ron Howard used to make the movie “Apollo 13.” He is currently a Senior Writer with Time Magazine and wrote this cover story about the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11.
  6. 6. Jim Lovell hosted a dinner in the “Wine Cellar” of his son’s Lake Forest, Illinois restaurant. This is the first time all the Legends have been together. Trip logistics are discussed.
  7. 7. Our out of town guests stayed at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. The kick-off luncheon for our sponsors and tour supporters would take place here.
  8. 8. Sally and Ray Caldiero with Neil Armstrong at the luncheon reception.
  9. 9. Kick-off luncheon for 75 guests and sponsors was hosted by American Airlines and the Fairmont Hotel.
  10. 10. The Legends of Aerospace with David Hartman are introduced to the luncheon guests. We can already tell they are going to be greeted warmly at every stop.
  11. 11. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn The Governor is a huge supporter of our Military. He spoke at our luncheon to wish the Legends well during their journey downrange.
  12. 12. Next to the gate at Chicago O’Hare Airport, American Airlines built this stage for a Press Conference. Here, Captain Steve Blankenship, Managing Director Veterans Initiatives at American Airlines introduces the Legends to the media.
  13. 13. Local and national TV crews are there to capture this event which is also open to the flying public who happened to be traveling that day at O’Hare.
  14. 14. We board the American Airlines B767 aircraft. The entire flight crew wanted a group picture with the Legends.
  15. 15. After landing at Frankfurt Airport, we board a bus for our 2-hour drive to Ramstein Air Base.
  16. 16. Ramstein Air Base Germany
  17. 17. Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Every day, planes land at Ramstein AB with severely injured US soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. In the biggest American military hospital in Europe, lives are saved, limbs amputated, gunshot wounds patched up and burn victims treated.
  18. 18. Wounded troops are flown in from the war to Ramstein in Aerovac C-17’s and other military aircraft.
  19. 19. These aircraft are configured with hospital support facilities and crews
  20. 20. We visited many wounded servicemen and women, presenting gifts, listening to their stories and thanking them for the service.
  21. 21. Some patients cannot be visited without sterile gowns and gloves
  22. 22. Everywhere we visited, troops, doctors and nurses want pictures taken to remember the day they met these Aerospace Legends
  23. 23. After a 22 minute introductory video is shown to the troops at every venue, David Hartman takes the stage to introduce each Legend. David has conducted over 10,000 interviews during his career and is passionate about aerospace.
  24. 24. The five Legends sit on director’s chairs on stage and begin telling their amazing stories led in a conversational format by David Hartman
  25. 25. Troops are on the edge of their seats to hear first hand accounts of the most amazing aerospace accomplishments
  26. 26. After each presentation, 8 X 10 inch signed cards are handed out along with DVD’s and other memorabilia
  27. 27. Jim Lovell brought “Apollo 13” DVD’s and Gene Cernan brought audio CD’s of his book
  28. 28. After presentations, opportunities existed for photos and handshakes
  29. 29. Eating Breakfast with the Troops
  30. 30. Our Apollo astronauts were thrilled to spend time with each other as we traveled sharing stories from their early flying days together
  31. 31. No matter where we gathered, troops wanted an opportunity to meet the Legends, shake hands, have a photo taken and share stories
  32. 32. ` From Ramstein, we will travel on Military transport aircraft to bases in these countries and an aircraft carrier at sea
  33. 33. Many of the missions will be flown on this KC-135 aerial refueling tanker
  34. 34. Our flight crew of ten were fantastic and thrilled to have the honor to support this tour
  35. 35. The interior of the KC-135 was configured as shown here. Luggage is strapped to pallets. Some tour members sat on red, fold-down bench seats.
  36. 36. A pallet of economy seats was available for our astronauts
  37. 37. ….and aviators
  38. 38. All tour participants are allowed access everywhere aboard this aircraft including the cockpit
  39. 39. David Hartman visits the cockpit and listens to ground controllers and flight crew communications with Bose Aviation Headsets
  40. 40. General Steve “Cinco” Ritchie was thrilled to sit in the right seat, chat with the crews, share stories and learn about the flight controls
  41. 41. Visits were also permitted in the “boom control pod” in the tail of the aircraft. Here the boom is lowered. Several of the Legends actually took the controls and “flew the boom.”
  42. 42. “Boomers” use a joystick to precisely lower the fueling boom into the receiver aircraft
  43. 43. Incirlik AB, Turkey
  44. 44. Our tour participants are warmly greeted by base commanders at every stop
  45. 45. A Turkish General is excited to meet General Ritchie. They both had flown F-104 Starfighters during their respective careers
  46. 46. The US State Department requested our Legends make two additional, non-Military presentations to bolster international relations. Here is an invitation in Turkish for an event at Cukurova University in Adana Turkey, near Incirlik Air Base.
  47. 47. The crowds were overwhelming. It felt as if “rock stars” had arrived. So many people showed up, not everyone would be able to fit into the main hall.
  48. 48. A Turkish interpreter did a fantastic job of real time translation throughout the one hour program
  49. 49. Crowds were so large, overflow rooms with video feeds were required
  50. 50. Turkish media covered the event. The following day, it seemed every newspaper in Turkey ran a story.
  51. 51. David Hartman studies a regional map covering our next stops along the tour
  52. 52. Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait
  53. 53. Known as “The Rock” group pictures with troops were taken
  54. 54. At every venue, after the seats are all filled, troops sat on the floor and stood in the back for standing Kuwait Audience room only presentations
  55. 55. Microphones are passed around for the troops to ask questions
  56. 56. Our planning team had been concerned whether 18-24 year old troops would care about or bother to come see 67-83 year old Aerospace Legends. We were delighted to see the smiles on their faces.
  57. 57. The Legends were incredibly excited to share their phenomenal stories
  58. 58. Media covered the tour throughout. In Kuwait, FOX News crews filmed the event and transmitted a live satellite feed back to the States
  59. 59. MSgt Sean Dion (386th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron): “I would like to say that the event was one of the most significant experiences in my 23 year military career. To see in the same room the talent, and hear of the history first hand was just absolutely humbling. For me, I was born on the day Neil Armstrong and crew splashed down in the Pacific, and was told the story many times.”
  60. 60. The poster below is typical of how events are publicized on base. An Air Force Brigadier General presented Gene Cernan with this 3-star emblem he wears to equalize his rank with local Military officials of the host government
  61. 61. At a base building for dinner, families were waiting for us to cheer the arrival of our Legends. Kids were constantly lining up for pictures.
  62. 62. An Air Force Colonel brought his sons and a book about space that was autographed by Jim Lovell
  63. 63. In base Mess Halls, we would randomly select troops to sit with during various meals
  64. 64. Al Udeid AB - Qatar
  65. 65. Colonel Ed Shock, Head of Armed Forces Entertainment with AFE’s Captain Jamie Fleischhacker
  66. 66. We are driven out to a B-1 Bomber. The crew had lined up waiting for our arrival.
  67. 67. Jim Lovell and others climb up into the cockpit to look at the layout
  68. 68. The B-1B Bomber We are each given the exceptional opportunity to write something on these bombs and sign our names. Here Neil writes his message.
  69. 69. Jim Lovell sends his message to the enemy
  70. 70. B-1’s take off on their mission to Afghanistan
  71. 71. At most stops, we are given a base tour
  72. 72. We stop at a Patriot Missile System for a briefing
  73. 73. Patriot Missile Battery After an explanation of how this defensive system operates, we take a group picture
  74. 74. The Colonel presents Patriot Coins to the Astronauts
  75. 75. Another packed house for that evening’s event
  76. 76. The panel shares more incredible stories
  77. 77. At a reception after the evening event, several NFL football players on a USO tour, stop by to meet our Legends
  78. 78. LT David Epstein (USN): “The visit of the 5 Legends was spectacular!! It has been a life-long dream for me to meet Neil Armstrong! Ever since I was 3 and watched him on live TV walking on the moon, a memory I can still recall today, I have loved the Space Program and have been an "Arm Chair" Astronaut ever since. And when I went up for the group pictures, I was able to ask him about a tidbit of Urban Legend that involves him, to ask if it was true or not. He even smiled when he replied with, "No, it isn't true." Second to that, meeting Gene Cernan and Jim Lovell was extraordinary! The last man to walk on the moon and the man who saved the day by circling the moon in an attempt to save the lives of his crew. I felt it to be such an honor to be in their presence, these Living Legends. This is historical, these guys wrote history. And being in the same room with them was simply amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the opportunity to meet these Legends and hear them speak. I will treasure this memory, and the picture of them with me kneeling in front, amongst other service members, for the rest of my life.”
  79. 79. Another breakfast and an opportunity to share one-on-one moments with the troops
  80. 80. Our Legends and the KC-135 flight crew take a group picture
  81. 81. This photo is printed and signed for each member of the crew
  82. 82. We transfer to a Navy C-9
  83. 83. Seeb - Oman After landing in Oman, we transfer to this COD for the flight to the aircraft carrier
  84. 84. A quick group photo with our new Navy flight crew
  85. 85. Special helmets, ear protection and life vests are required gear on the COD which stands for “Carrier Onboard Delivery”
  86. 86. After approximately an hour flight, we find the USS Dwight D Eisenhower at sea
  87. 87. Flight Deck of USS Eisenhower
  88. 88. With the tail hook down, we prepare to catch the arresting cables on the flight deck
  89. 89. We catch the second of four cables and come to a halt
  90. 90. After parking, we disembark the COD aircraft to begin our 24 hours aboard the carrier
  91. 91. Bob Gilliland salutes Ike’s Captain Mewbourne
  92. 92. The Captain greets Neil Armstrong aboard with sailors watching our arrival
  93. 93. David Hartman shares his excitement with the Captain during a welcome aboard reception
  94. 94. After the reception, we split into two groups. Some board a helicopter to fly over to a nearby support ship in the fleet.
  95. 95. USS HUÉ CITY is the 20th ship in the Ticonderoga class of guided missile cruisers and is the only ship in the Navy named after a battle of the Vietnam War
  96. 96. Others suit up for an excursion onto the flight deck of the USS Eisenhower
  97. 97. The Eisenhower is providing 30% of the air cover over Afghanistan. Their mission requires continuous sorties to be launched each day. We are escorted out to the flight line to observe five aircraft being catapulted off the ship.
  98. 98. Our Naval Aviators are incredibly thrilled to be back in the action, up close and personal. Jim Lovell is really excited by the energy as each aircraft is launched.
  99. 99. The Aero Club of Southern California’s President, Nissen Davis, one of the tour planners, is also thrilled by the flight launch activities.
  100. 100. Flight crews prepare to be launched into action
  101. 101. Flight deck crews maneuver the aircraft into position on the catapult
  102. 102. The shooter gives the OK to launch
  103. 103. The catapult is fired
  104. 104. And she’s airborne in seconds
  105. 105. Thrilled to have us onboard, the airmen do a coordinated fly-over in formation
  106. 106. Next, we are taken to the aft of the carrier’s flight deck to observe sorties returning to the ship. The tail hook is ready to capture the cable.
  107. 107. The most efficient method of communications between airmen and flight deck crews are still hand signals. These signals were developed from the very beginning of carrier operations and remain intact today.
  108. 108. In addition to hand signals, light signaling systems are used to line up aircraft with the flight deck for carrier landings
  109. 109. Another aircraft is positioned for launch
  110. 110. All the crews are color coded for clear differentiation of responsibilities. Here the red crew is moving weapon systems to an aircraft.
  111. 111. Smart weapons are locked into place on an aircraft
  112. 112. Captain Mewbourne gives a tour of the bridge
  113. 113. The Captain explains how the lighting system guides an incoming aircraft onto the deck of a moving carrier
  114. 114. The Fleet Admiral offers up his chair for photo ops. Here General Ritchie is thrilled by the opportunity.
  115. 115. Aircraft operate day and night in support of war mission requirements
  116. 116. We conducted two programs on the carrier, one at night and a second the next morning. There are typically 5,000 crew members on a carrier and we wanted to give as many people as possible an opportunity to attend a presentation.
  117. 117. View from behind the panelists across the Hanger Deck on the Eisenhower. Notice that the huge hangar door is wide open to the night sky. Our Legends would have to stop talking each time an aircraft was launched into action just above our heads on the flight deck.
  118. 118. It would be nearly impossible to shoot pictures one sailor at a time. After each show, we would line up 20 sailors with the Legends for group photos.
  119. 119. Many unusual items were brought along to be included in these group photos
  120. 120. Whenever possible, autographs would be provided personalized for each sailor.
  121. 121. F/A 18 pilots gathered in a briefing room for a great evening conversation with the Legends
  122. 122. This provided a great opportunity for pilots to talk directly to pilots
  123. 123. Chatting with the F/A-18 Pilots Everyone genuinely enjoyed these special moments and wonderful stories
  124. 124. Cinco talked with other pilots getting ready to depart on a combat mission
  125. 125. The two pilots kneeling in front had just returned from a mission over Afghanistan
  126. 126. The ship’s EXUM invited us for a special breakfast with the CPO’s onboard
  127. 127. We shared a great breakfast, told stories, made speeches and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to talk with many of the sailors
  128. 128. From a crew member on the USS Eisenhower: I had the pleasure of talking with you over breakfast when you and your group were visiting the IKE and seeding inspiration. As far as meeting the men you brought with you? I can't even say it was a dream come true because I could never have imagined meeting one of them let alone all three. They are not only the heroes of my childhood. They are the heroes of my adult life as well. If I've watched Apollo Thirteen and From the Earth to the Moon once, I've watched them a hundred times. I eagerly devour any book I can find on aerospace development during the Cold War. I've been serving for over 24 years and this is my tenth and last deployment, and it's the first deployment that I've had any interest in anyone that has visited the ship. All of my 40 something friends are as excited as I was. They were their heroes as well. My seven year old godson, who just started Scouting is fully aware that Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell were Eagle Scouts as well as my late friend Dave Walker. He can name all 39 Eagle Scout Astronauts. Lastly I'd like to say that I hope you will encourage Mr. Gilliland to write a book of his own! I've read Kelly Johnson's and Ben Rich's books and would love to hear his story. Sincerely, Michael Hott
  129. 129. Naval Astronaut Wings An amazingly special moment happened while we were on the USS Eisenhower. Neil Armstrong, who served as a naval aviator from 1949 to 1952, had never received a pair of Naval Astronaut Wings. The wings were not authorized prior to 1961 when they were first presented to Cmdr. Alan Shepard Jr. Word quickly reached Vice Admiral Thomas Kilcline, Commander, Naval Air Forces, and through a series of e-mails between Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, it was determined that it would be a fitting tribute to present Armstrong with a pair of Naval Astronaut Wings at sea aboard an aircraft carrier.
  130. 130. In a Ceremony aboard the ship, Captain Mewbourne pinned on Neil’s Naval Astronaut Wings 40 years after he landed on the moon.
  131. 131. During the ceremony, Armstrong said that since that time nearly everything in his career has had its roots in naval aviation. "I have learned so much throughout my career and I owe a tremendous amount to the Navy."
  132. 132. It was especially poignant for Gene Cernan, as these men had both gone to Purdue University, served in the Navy and became Apollo Astronauts
  133. 133. As Capt Mewbourne pinned on the wings, Armstrong's friend and Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell joked that it was tradition to throw the recipient in a lake after he received his wings.
  134. 134. Legendary astronaut and former Navy pilot Neil Armstrong received a pair of honorary Naval Astronaut Wings in a small ceremony aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower March 10 in recognition for his dedicated service to the Navy and in the field of space exploration. Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon July 20, 1969, was aboard IKE as part of the "Legends of Aerospace" Tour sponsored by Morale Entertainment. "Today is a special occasion for all of naval aviation. As you can imagine, it is a tremendous honor for me to present Neil Armstrong with astronaut wings," said IKE's Commanding Officer, Capt. Dee L. Mewbourne. "We present these wings on behalf of the generations of naval aviators — past, present and future." Described by many as humble and unassuming, Armstrong accepted the wings with great honor. "I take these wings with great pleasure and great pride," said Armstrong. "I have made certain achievements in my life and been recognized many times, but, there is no achievement I value more highly then when I received the wings of gold.”
  135. 135. Gifts were exchanged. Morale Entertainment’s Mike Whalen accepted a hand made plaque commemorating the “Legends of Aerospace” visit on the Ike.
  136. 136. Tour posters were signed as gifts for the sailors on the carrier
  137. 137. We said good-bye to the ship’s crew and boarded our COD flight back to Seeb - Oman
  138. 138. The aircraft taxis into position and attaches onto one of the four catapults. The thrust diverter folds up from the deck. The aircraft accelerated by steam piston below the deck from zero to 128 miles per hour in 3 seconds.
  139. 139. USN Bahrain
  140. 140. Local Bahrain dignitaries greet our inbound aircraft and are honored to meet our Legends
  141. 141. In the Green Room for that afternoon’s event, a cake had been prepared commemorating the Tour
  142. 142. Troops and their families stood in line to collect our commemorative 8 X 10 inch cards for each Legend. Countless people said they would frame these and proudly hang them in their homes to teach their kids about the “Legends of Aerospace.”
  143. 143. On bases not in the war zone, servicemen and women may have their families live with them. It is an awesome opportunity for these families to teach their kids about genuinely great Americans when they come to visit.
  144. 144. Imagine the stories in this family about the day Neil Armstrong came to lift their spirits.
  145. 145. The children had numerous items to be autographed
  146. 146. Bob Gilliland is excited to fulfill the dreams of these future aviators
  147. 147. Major John Lewis (386th Air Expeditionary Wing): “Having the Legends of Aerospace crew here was a once in a lifetime event. I feel blessed that I was here to see them. The astronauts are a testament to why our country should strive for manned exploration instead of automation. Also having a legend like Gen Richie was awe inspiring since he sort of rounded out the bunch, since he is able to understand what the Airmen and Soldiers are going through. Overall, this is the kind of awe inspiring event that I will remember for my whole life.”
  148. 148. Vice Admiral William E. Gortney Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command That evening, we were special guests at the Admiral’s palatial home
  149. 149. The Admiral displayed a book for each of his guest’s to sign
  150. 150. David Hartman was especially popular amongst the Naval spouses who had watched him during his “Good Morning America” hosting days
  151. 151. Along with Admiral Gortney’s senior commanding officers and their families, we all had a wonderful evening under the stars at his home in Bahrain
  152. 152. RAF Mildenhall - England
  153. 153. After a late arrival into Mildenhall, we were taken directly to the venue for that night’s show. The room was so full that the Fire Marshall said “No more people are to be allowed into this hall!”
  154. 154. There were still 1,000 people in line outside demanding to get in to see the event. We immediately asked the Legends whether they would be willing to do a second show that night. They unanimously said “Yes.”
  155. 155. After the first show was over, the patient crowd was allowed into the hall.
  156. 156. The entire room was filled for the second show that night
  157. 157. Everyone was thrilled
  158. 158. RAF Mildenhall From an airman at Mildenhall: I'm 12 years into my Air Force career, and have done and seen many things in the sands of Afghanistan, beaches of Okinawa and even back home in the good old U.S.A. Still, nothing amounts to what it means to be in the presence and converse with arguably some of the greatest icons of the 20th Century. Reflecting on what all five of those men did for their nation, there's nothing like it on God's green earth. Though we all try to do our part and contribute positively to our unit's missions, it's icons like Neil Armstrong who provide the motivation to be great.
  159. 159. The US State Department had made arrangements for the second non-Military event at The Royal Society of London known for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge, or simply as the Royal Society. On November 30th 1660 a dozen men gathered to hear the young Christopher Wren give a lecture on astronomy. In the discussion that followed they decided to form a society for the study of the new and still controversial Experimental Philosophy. Two years later Charles II made it his Royal Society and in the 350 years since it was founded, its Fellows have given us gravity, evolution, the electron, the double helix and the internet.
  160. 160. Bob Gilliland arrives at The Royal Society
  161. 161. The Earl of Selbourne introduces David Hartman to the distinguished audience at The Royal Society
  162. 162. The Royal Society
  163. 163. The leading scientists and Engineers from the United Kingdom were honored to hear from our distinguished aviators and astronauts
  164. 164. The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) covered this event for British television
  165. 165. After the presentation, Neil was absolutely honored to meet some of the great British Engineers, Physicists and Scientists such as this gentleman who had worked on a UK Mars Lander program
  166. 166. Earlier that morning, Bob Gilliland asked “May I invite a couple of friends to dinner tonight?” We said of course. He provided telephone numbers for two British gentlemen who were invited and both agreed to meet us at the restaurant later that evening.
  167. 167. One was RAF Wing Commander Andy Green (right) with Morale Entertainment Board Member Rusty Pickering
  168. 168. ANDY GREEN I have the World’s Best day job, as a Fighter Pilot in the Royal Air Force. I was sponsored through Oxford University by the Royal Air Force (where I gained a love of flying, a First in Mathematics, experience of rowing for the University, and interests in beer and women), and then spent 3 years in flying training. Qualified as a Fighter Pilot, I was lucky enough to fly the F4 Phantom in Germany at the end of the Cold War. My final flying tours were on the Tornado F3, which included service over Bosnia, Iraq and the Falklands. Since then I’ve spent a year in Australia at Staff College, worked at the UK’s Joint Headquarters running operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and run the Harrier airfield at Royal Air Force Wittering (including a spell as the Commander of the Royal Air Force detachment in Kandahar, Afghanistan). I’m currently working in the Ministry of Defense in Whitehall, supporting operations around the globe and wishing I was still flying....
  169. 169. Andy Green also happens to currently hold the land speed record by breaking the sound barrier (768 MPH) in Thrust SSC
  170. 170. Andrew will next attempt to break 1,000 mph in Bloodhound SSC
  171. 171. Captain Eric Brown • Captain Eric Melrose "Winkle" Brown (born 21 January 1919) is a former Royal Navy officer and test pilot who has flown more types of aircraft than anyone else in history (approx 465 types) He is also the Fleet Air Arm’s most decorated pilot, and holds the world record for aircraft carrier landings including the first carrier landing and take-off of a jet aircraft Fluent in German, he helped interview many Germans after World War II including Werner von Braun and Herman Goering, Willy Messerschmitt
  172. 172. Eric “Winkle” Brown He holds the record for the most aircraft carrier landings (2407) and most catapult launches. He performed the first landing of a high performance twin engined aircraft on an aircraft carrier (a de Havilland Mosquito on HMS Indefatigable) and the first landing of a jet aircraft on an aircraft carrier (a de Havilland Sea Vampire on HMS Ocean, 3 December 1945). He flew tests on Rocket Assisted Takeoffs in Seafires and deliberately landed a Sea Vampire wheels- up on an aircraft carrier with a flexible rubber carpet as a deck – a proposed solution to the stresses induced by hard deck landings.
  173. 173. The Most Amazing Dinner Imagine having at the same dinner table: • First man on the moon • First to fly fastest aircraft in the world • Holder of the land speed record • Person who flew more aircraft types than anyone in history • Last man on the moon • First man to land a jet on an aircraft carrier • First man to dock two spacecraft • Last Air Force Pilot Ace • Only man to descend to the moon twice • Person with most carrier landings in history • Furthest man from earth • Man with most experimental time at Mach 2 and Mach 3 • Man who flew X-15 Rocket Plane to a top altitude of 207,500 ft and a top speed of Mach 5.74 (4,000 mph)
  174. 174. All those individually amazing and outstanding accomplishments were embodied in these gentlemen. Yes, we were each pinching ourselves to make sure we were not dreaming!
  175. 175. The next morning, we drive to Heathrow Airport for our American Airlines flight to New York. Here Morale Entertainment Board Member, Ray Caldiero has fun checking in for the flight.
  176. 176. The Apollo astronauts were pleased to be flying again on an American Airlines B777 over the Atlantic
  177. 177. Homeward Bound on AA Mar.13 Once again the crews all wanted pictures. The pilot announced to all passengers aboard the flight how honored they were to fly the Legends back to the US.
  178. 178. Welcome Home Event Waiting for us aboard the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier on New York’s Hudson River were 2,400 people planning a “Welcome Home Event”
  179. 179. However, one of the worst “Nor'easter” storms engulfed the New York area just as we were attempting to land at New York’s JFK Airport. After two attempted landings, the air space was completely shut down and we were diverted to Boston’s Logan Airport. The Intrepid sent a bus to pick us up in Boston and drive us back down to New York City. That day’s event on the Intrepid was postponed until the following day at 11:00 AM.
  180. 180. To our surprise, the next day 1,000 people returned to the aircraft carrier including 400 Boy Scouts who had been allowed to sleep overnight on the Hangar Deck of the Intrepid due to the postponement
  181. 181. Although two of our tour participants had family commitments that could not be changed, the show went on with David, Neil, Steve and Bob
  182. 182. We had originally planned to hold a Press Event in front of this SR-71 on the flight deck of the Intrepid. Bob Gilliland ventured up on deck during the storm to talk with some of that day’s audience members.
  183. 183. We had also hoped General Ritchie would tell stories to the Media in front of this MIG -21, parked on the flight deck of the Intrepid
  184. 184. Neil posed with several young space enthusiasts at the conclusion of the program aboard the Intrepid. It was an amazing privilege for Morale Entertainment to organize and launch this tour along with Armed Forces Entertainment, American Airlines and other important tour sponsors. We visited six Military Bases, an aircraft carrier at war, interacted with 15,000+ troops, flew 17,500 air miles and lifted the spirits of our brave men in and women in uniform.
  185. 185. Legends of Aerospace Tour If you would be interested in helping us on a future tour, please let us know. Visit our web site: www.moraleentertainment.org Or call: Thomas M. Lee 949-636-3558

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