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Frank Borman, commander of the first mission to orbit the Moon, has died

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Frank Borman, an Air Force test pilot, astronaut, and accomplished businessman who led the first crew to fly to the Moon in 1968, died Tuesday in Montana, NASA said Thursday. He was 95 years old. “Today we remember one of NASA’s best," NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in a statement. "Astronaut Frank Borman was a true American hero. Among his many accomplishments, he served as the commander of the Apollo 8 mission, humanity’s first mission around the Moon in 1968." (arstechnica.com) More...

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mikehe
Rest in peace. Inspirational broadcast at Christmas 1968, when the USA was tearing itself apart again.
jbsimms
James Simms 1
Had the opportunity today to hear a current NASA Astronaut who just returned from six months on the Space Station
chapdan1
Col Frank Borman is my favorite astronaut: He was under-appreciated post-Apollo8. He took a lot of heat from the atheistic lobby for his bold Christmas message I still get chills listening to. While regaling the American college campuses, my Baby-Boomer-Brat associates greeted him shamefully with rude Hippie-generation anti-establishment scorn. By Franks own words, the coldwar Soviets treated him far more graciously than our countrymen. At Eastern, his elimination of extravagance was leadership by the best example. He also was there in the Everglades leading from the front at the disastrous crash of an L-1011. As a former ALPA member, I heard my Union-leadership much-later admit with regret, “we” pilots, misled by the evil Charlie Bryant, got that one wrong. Bormans handling of the strike was the best anyone could do in those circumstances to save a sinking airline doomed as hopelessly as the Titanic. Do your homework Mr Baker. RIP, Col Borman.
mikeosmers
Michael Osmers 3
Frank Lorenzo maneuvered Borman out of Eastern and it was Lorenzo who oversaw the strike in ‘85. I still have the VHS tape of Lorenzo’s contract proposal for ALPA to fly through the machinist’s strike. It was total BS. To this day I wonder why he (Lorenzo) didn’t lie through his teeth to get us to break Bryant and the machinist’s (who were clearly out of control), it seemed an easy gig. Had EAL survived, I’d have retired at a seniority number less than 50! Oh well, United treated me very well so I have nothing to complain about and I won’t.
wiredonritalin
Rest in peace.
coinflyer
coinflyer 3
So many great airlines gone— Eastern, National, Pan Am, TWA, Braniff, Continental, USAir... I miss the days when Northwest was still Northwest Orient and flight attendants were stewards and stewardesses.
manofwars69
John Brooks 1
He was the driving force behind the 757 and the President of Eastern Airlines. A major player in aviation with Boeing. Astronaut Pilot Hero, Businessman, and all good guy.
yarnoca1
John Yarno 1
May GOD bless you sir, rest in peace.
0291450
RIP
Smart and courageous leader.
TWA55
TWA55 1
Thank You Mr. Borman
JazzFest
Ellen Jacobs 1
Rest in peace Col. Borman. Thank you for your service to our nation.
raymondwatson
raymond watson 1
Rest in peace sir. Ray.
edwardjo
Joseph Edwards 1
May God bless your soul along with your family. Thank you for paving the way for our country's space age. May you Rest in Peace.
patpylot
patrick baker -8
say all the nice things about frank borman as you can concoct, but let us all remember : he was half of the team, along with the union leader equally dogmatic and closedminded, who killed off Eastern Airlines due to a illconsceived , badly timed, strike. Poof; eastern gone away due to the pigheadedness of both these characters. Maybe not such a true american hero after all...All these accomplishments were Borman being the drum major at the head of the parade of NASA engineers. He was an inept CEO of eastern airlines, making faulty economic decisions one after another. On balance, not really such a great guy.
patpylot
patrick baker 3
the union leader, charlie bryant and frank borman were like two scorpions locked into a large jar with its top sealed, both refusing to slow down and ultimately stop the death dive strike that resulted in no more Easter AIrlines, I lived in Miami then, had an Eastern credit card with plenty on the balance, and still I wonder what these guys were thinking.
ColinSeftel
Colin Seftel 14
My recollection is that the most damaging strikes happened after Borman had sold Eastern to Texas Air, managed by Frank Lorenzo.
cnyflyboy
Stephen Donnelly 10
I agree. Even if I'm wrong, and Frank Borman was inept as a CEO, one cannot take away his heroism!
CCW1
John Prukop -3
Another dead liar. obody has ever been to the Moon. The Firmament won't allow it.
CCW1
John Prukop -3
NOBODY!

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