The Challenger disaster took place 29 yrs ago today. At that time, I was stationed at NAS Cecil Field, FL, and we could see the smoke trails, all the way from Jacksonville.
Capt. Michael Smith was the commander of the shuttle Challenger that fateful day. Here is a bio:
Many years prior, Capt. Smith had been assigned to the U.S. Navy Test Pilor School, and I was stationed there as well, (1975) working in the Egress shop of that command. I was privileged to have gotten a backseat ride in a T-38, flown by a young Lt. Smith, who would some day command the Challenger. God rest his and every soul who died that day. NC