• Jeff Smith

    So heโ€™ll be going up against Martha McSally for her seat in 2020? Can we make bad jokes about them hopping in an F-14 and an A-10 and determining the winner in some kind of fly-off? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Navy vs Air Force. Air dominance vs ground attack. 2-seater vs 1-seater. Who will win!?!?!

  • windbourne

    Nuts.
    Wish that he was here in Colorado. Id vote quickly for him, though I rarely vote for either major party.

  • duheagle

    Well, he’s retired now; got to find something to do in his declining years. John Glenn being dead and Harrison Schmitt and Bill Nelson being defeated, the “Astronaut Seat” in the Senate is definitely open.

  • Robert G. Oler

    an excellent opening ad…introduction..its warm fuzzy but drives to a point..

  • Robert G. Oler

    he is a superb aviator and more important an excellent person…he has honor, courage, and a sense of what America is.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    For the 30+ years of living in Az I’ve noticed that Arizona voters have a hard conservative outer shell with a mushy liberal inside. Arizona is a dual mode state, going back and forth between con men like Fife Symington and Evan Mecham to steady at the tiller women like Rose Mofford and Janet Napolitono. The same batch of voters will really put anyone in charge they think is right for the job at the time. Arizona voters can throw some real curve balls. While they voted pretty heavily for Donald Trump, they rejected Kelly Ward who is a female version of The Donald. Mark Kelly has a good chance of succeeding not to mention how long it’s been since both senators from Az were Democrats.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    I found myself standing in back of him and his wife at a Tucson eatery last summer by the looks of his shoulders and arms, he’s not in decline.

  • duheagle

    Yes, I suspect if you looked up “mesomorph” in the dictionary you’d find a picture of the Kelly twins. Ex-astronauts, just like those still on active duty, tend to be very fit. That’s probably one reason so many of them seem to live to ripe old ages.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    If I understood the term right, I’d place them firmly in the “Russian Tank Crew” category. Or perhaps to place the term closer to their profession, “Soyuz”? Aviation really has an influence on a person. By my family’s genetics I should be a 300 lb 6 footer. Keeping up my aero medical and ensuring that fully clothed with a 20 lb parachute my weight does not come in beyond 240 lbs ensures that I’m in a perpetual struggle not to let my body do what it wants to do. Gliders, and keeping the option open to aerobatics and bank my wings beyond 50 deg has kept me in good health. Since I’m entering my 50’s I constantly look at other folks my age as a warning of what I could become and as inspiration to what I might be able to meet. The struggle for physical fitness sucks hats off to anyone who keeps it up. The Kelly boy’s have.

  • windbourne

    “steady at the tiller women like Rose Mofford and Janet Napolitono.”

    ROFL.
    Had to wonder where you put Brewer in that list?
    I have relatives with businesses in AZ, and they were contacted by Brewer’s office and told they did not have to use e-verify (of course that was AFTER he let a couple of his ppl go). All the while she was running around claiming that she was enforcing e-verify, when in reality, any company with more than 5 ppl was told to not bother.
    Apparently, even Ducey is the same way.

    What a joke that law and the GOP are.

  • windbourne

    He only retired to take care of his wife.

  • duheagle

    Most of the great fighter pilots of both world wars were on the small side and I don’t think any of the X-15 jocks or the Mercury Seven were over six feet except maybe Glenn. Weirdly, the man I think is the tallest and heaviest astronaut ever to fly is the currently active Luca Parmitano, a man who would look right at home in the WWE and whose native land is not exactly famous as a birthplace of giants.

  • Lee

    Glenn was 5’10”. The original height limit was 5’9″. I know this because as a kid, I prayed every night that I wouldn’t grow above that limit so I might one day become an astronaut. I got my wish. I’m 5’9″. Then about the time I topped out, the height restrictions were lifted. LOL. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. Health problems a little later on derailed the whole dream, though.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Brewer was not 100% there, and she had a few skeletons in the desert. She was not up for the job.

  • publiusr

    Flat feet color blindness, skipping heartbeat–that ended my dreams

  • duheagle

    I would have failed the eye exam (myopia) and any serious tests of hand-eye coordination. Probably motion sickness proclivity as well. Astronauts, especially in the early days, needed to be exceptional in all sorts of ways.