Post by Jason Thompson on Jan 25, 2012 11:22:25 GMT -4
Hell, a risk-averse test pilot is a contradiction in terms. These guys voluntarily get into new untested aircraft and fly them to and beyond their design limits. Once they get off the ground they most definitely are coing back to it, but until they do so they don't know for sure if that will be in the form of a smooth landing in their aircraft, bailing out at altitude or burying themselves six feet under with the aircraft. This uncertainty does not stop them getting in the aircraft and taking it up, though.
The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common: They don't alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views." The Doctor, Doctor Who: The Face of Evil.
It alwasy astonishes me that HBs believe that the risks for manned space flight would have been too daunting to both pilots and administrators, when you consider the willing ness of those pilots and administrators to risk the lives of sub-orbital test pilots without flinching, and to take terrible losses.
It also astonishes me when HBs claim that safety concerns were one of the reasons NASA had to fake the missions. But that very same NASA doesn't hesitate murdering its own people to protect the secret.