Great article. Thanks. Amazing to me that at a young age he knew what he wanted to do and did whatever it took to accomplish it. FAA commercial astronaut. Mind blowing.
Just to interject myself into the story
, he mentioned growing up in nw Scotland and watching the planes fly below him. That prompted a memory. There is a place in Glencoe Scotland where you can walk up a mountain and walk along a ridge trail that allows you to look down into a valley. I did it once years ago and had that experience of seeing a fighter plane (i think a Tornado) flying below through the clouds. It's a spectacular hike and takes less than a day. A little scrambling but nothing technical. I don't remember the name of the trail so googled Glencoe and the trail sounds like it might be this one: Aonach Eagach. A recommended trip and cheaper than a Virgin Galactic ticket.
As much as I get annoyed by rich folks flying into space, Mr. Mackay made it sound like an amazing and worthwhile experience. At least building a system to fly passengers in space has the potential to benefit more people than buying an Island or building another 24,000 square foot home for yourself.
Wishing all the pilots and crew safe journeys.
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