Radio: Episode 42: General Tom Stafford

Radio: Episode 42: General Tom Stafford

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This week’s scene of HODINKEE Radio addresses one of the cooler hours of my editorial profession. Early last Thursday morning, I bounced into a Uber, passed through an almost vacant New York City, and loaded onto a trip to Orlando, Florida. My definitive objective? The Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. 

Omega was facilitating three days of programming to praise the 50th commemoration of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, and James was at that point down there to cover it for us (ideally you got a portion of the features on our Instagram Stories). Yet, Omega was additionally ready to orchestrate something pretty uncommon for us – so exceptional, indeed that it justified a mid-week roadtrip to Florida, no inquiries asked.

Less than two hours after wheels-down, I wound up sitting across a table from General Tom Stafford. In the event that, for some insane explanation, you don’t have the foggiest idea who General Stafford is, most would agree he’s a NASA legend. I don’t have space here to list the entirety of his accomplishments and firsts, yet he flew two Gemini missions, Apollo 10, and Apollo-Soyuz, he ran R&D for the U.S. Naval force at the stature of the Cold War, and he’s additionally been on the leading body of Omega since the mid ’80s and lead advancement of the X-33. Also, that lone starts to expose what’s underneath. The man is as genuine article as it gets and incredibly humble notwithstanding the way that considering him a “certified American hero” is likely a misrepresentation of reality. Investing this energy with him was genuinely a privilege.

You’re not going to hear a huge load of James or me in this one, as we both kinda simply needed to absorb everything General Stafford needed to share. It’s better that way, I promise.

We trust you appreciate Episode 42 of HODINKEE Radio. Look at the show notes underneath and let us understand your opinion in the comments.

Wrist Check

I anticipated that General Stafford should shake an amazingly cool gold Speedmaster that he’s been wearing consistently since the mid 1980s ( you can become familiar with that fake watch prices here ). All things being equal however, he was donning something different exceptional – and something with profound individual importance. What you see here is a unique version from 2010 made to praise the 35th commemoration of the Apollo-Soyuz mission, for which General Stafford was the American commander. This fake watch prices has a dial made of shooting star, yet with a surprising two-tone finish that makes the fundamental dial practically dark and the sub-dials splendid silver. It’s a shocking fake watch prices completely all alone, however on General Stafford’s wrist it feels especially right.

Show Notes

1:24

Apollo 10

1:40

Gemini 6A

11:15

Skunk Works

15:00

Apollo–Soyuz Test Project

17:00

Gemini 9A

19:42

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

25:00

B-2 Stealth Bomber

32:30

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

42:00

Omega X33

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