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The last shuttle

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The last shuttle

The last shuttle flight marks the end of an era of space exploration, and deserves commemoration.

A tower "fly by" is unfortunately aeronautically impossible, as the shuttle is little more than enormous, headed-for-the-Smithsonian glider after it enters the earth's atmosphere. No power for a go-around.

Not to mention that NASA doesn't hand over space shuttles to the sorts of pilots who would make unauthorized high-speed passes over air control towers... and admirals' daughters.

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

“Son, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash. You’ve been busted, you lost your qualifications as section leader three times, put in hack twice by me, with a history of high speed passes over five air control towers, and one admiral’s daughter!”

— Cdr. Tom "Stinger" Jordan, in Top Gun

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