Wednesday evening we experienced some of the GREATEST of "The Greatest Generation"! NSA Bahrain was lucky enough to be one of the stops on the "Legends of Aerospace Tour" put on by the Morale Entertainment group.
The moderator for the evening was Emmy Award winner David Hartman who was the original host of Good morning America. He posed questions to the following 5 fabulous gentlemen:
(Pictured Above Left to Right)
1)Neil Armstrong - First man to set foot on the moon (8/20/69),
Astronaut: Gemini 8, Apollo 11.
2) Gene Cernan - Last man to leave his footprints on the surface of the moon (12/14/72),
Astronaut: Gemini 9, Apollo 10 & 17
3) Jim Lovell - Commander of Apollo 13 (4/1970),
Astronaut: Gemini 7 & 12 and Apollo 8 & 13
4) Steve Ritchie - Only USAF fighter pilot "Ace" since Korea, 5 MiG-21 Kills (May-Aug 1972)
5) Robert J. Gilliland - Chief test pilot and first to fly the SR-71 Blackbird (Dec. 22, 1964)
The night was full of their memories: war stories, space missions, life & death experiences, squadron antics and "the good ol' days". One thing they all had in common other than their shared experience in flight was their humble nature. Each one talked up the thousands of people that came before them to make their experiences possible. What an amazing experience, what an exciting night!
It was a BIG night for Tanner, he was pretty "tuckered out" by the night's end!