COPA Flight 50
Vol. III No 12 February 2003
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Flying the "Valley of the Sun"
LAST ISSUE OF FLYING BC
Regretfully, this is the last issue of FLYING BC, at least in it's current format.
After three years of publication, there appears to be no one who is willing to step up and carry on FLYING BC, so unfortuneately it will be laid to rest. It has been a fun adventure in something I had never done before, but it also a lot of work each month. I have certainly learned to respect those who work the journalism
circuit on a daily basis, and must provide copy to their editors on that timeframe. It can sometimes be a difficult and tedious task.
However, after three years, I believe that it is time to either turn the reins over to someone new, or to let it go to rest so that I may move on to other endeavours. It is hoped that you have enjoyed receiving, and reading, FLYING BC over those past three years, and that you have received some benefits from it each month.
And now, like the Shuttle Columbia above......So long!
On Saturday morning, February
1, 2003, at approximately 9AM over the skies of northeastern Texas and into Louisiana, the space Shuttle Columbia with seven astronauts aboard came to a sudden and abrupt end, putting the USA and the rest of the world into shock one more time.
Only 15 minutes from touchdown at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, it appears that some heat restrictive tiles came off the underside of the left wing, and left the aluminum fuselage below open to searing heat buildup causing the craft to burst into flames and crash into the ground over a large area of Texas and Louisiana. After about 30 successful missions, Columbia, along with it's last crew, is gone.
GOOD BYE COLUMBIA!