[FPSPACE] At 97 km does Nick Hague get the USAF 'astronaut wings'?

Bert Vis bertvis at planet.nl
Fri Dec 14 04:07:52 EST 2018

Yes he does, or at least he should. He is eligible according to US Air Force rules, which say that any pilot who flies higher than 50 miles (80 km) just as the air force’s X-15 pilots (White, Adams, Engle, Rushworth and Knight) are entitled to wear astronaut wings. The air force pilots all got them, Adams postumously. NASA pilots who flew above 80 km didn’t get astronaut wings at the time, as NASA followed the FAI rules.


I’m not aware that the air force has changed its rules, so Hague should get his wings.




Van: FPSPACE [mailto:fpspace-bounces at mail.friends-partners.org] Namens JAMES E OBERG
Verzonden: vrijdag 14 december 2018 0:30
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Onderwerp: [FPSPACE] At 97 km does Nick Hague get the USAF 'astronaut wings'?


This is an excellent discussion of the issue over defining 'where space begins, 100 km or 80 km or somewhere else. Not mentioned is an even more relevant event, two months ago, when a Soyuz manned launched failed while reaching 97km into space before falling back. The American on board, Nick Hague, is a USAF Colonel. Does he get the USAF 'astronaut wings' even though a NASA spokesman has declared "NASA does not consider the mission a 'space flight'."  


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