Challenger and Columbia Crews Memorialized in Emotional New “Forever Remembered” Exhibit at Kennedy Space Center

An iconic section of the fuselage recovered from space shuttle Challenger with the American flag (left) and the flight deck windows recovered from space shuttle Columbia (right) are part of a new, permanent memorial, “Forever Remembered,” that opened on June 27, 2015 in the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida featuring shuttle hardware and personal crew items never before on display for viewing by the public. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com

An iconic section of the fuselage recovered from space shuttle Challenger with the American flag (left) and the flight deck windows recovered from space shuttle Columbia (right) are part of a new, permanent memorial, “Forever Remembered,” that opened on June 27, 2015 in the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida featuring shuttle hardware and personal crew items never before on display for viewing by the public. Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com

NASA’s two lost Shuttle crews from the searing Challenger and Columbia accidents are now memorialized in the newly opened, permanent and highly emotional “Forever Remembered” tribute display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

The “Forever Remembered” memorial tribute was officially opened by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, both veteran shuttle astronauts, at a very special and moving small private NASA ceremony attended by families of the 14 fallen crew members and invited members of the media including Universe Today on June 27, 2015.(…)
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The Last Living Witness – Memory & Deceit

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In 1974, Gustave Whitehead’s supporters were excited to learn there was still a person living who said she had witnessed Whitehead giving a “demonstration” of his flying machine in the early 1900’s.

Elizabeth (Papp) Koteles (b. Sep. 20, 1871, in Hungary, d. Oct. 8, 1974, in Bridgeport, Conn.) and her husband, Stephen, witnessed one of Whitehead’s “demonstrations” (her word) in 1901 or 1902 or 1903 or later – the date is uncertain.

Mrs. Koteles and her husband lived adjacent to the Gustave Whitehead family in 1901, whose rear yard abutted the Koteles’ yard. The Whiteheads were cash customers at the Koteles’ grocery store – Mrs. Koteles recalled them being “… nice people. Very nice.”

In her recent book Gustave Whitehead – First in Flight, Susan O’Dwyer-Brinchman devotes nearly two pages in Chapter 6, “Key Testimonies,” to her father’s 1974 interview of Elizabeth Koteles, who was then in her 90’s and by all accounts aware, although hard of hearing.

Among others present at Mrs. Koteles’ home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, during the February 2, 1974, interview were USAFR Maj. William J. O’Dwyer, Director of the Gustave Whitehead Research Committee, and father of Susan O’Dwyer-Brinchman; Jesse Davidson, member of the American Aviation Historical Society and the Aviation/Space Writers Association; Harvey P. Lippincott, past president of the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association; and Mrs. Koteles’ son, son-in-law, and daughter.

Exactly what Mrs. Koteles and her husband witnessed in the early 1900’s is unfortunately difficult to discern, since the records of her interviews (one in 1965 and three in 1974) contain several ambiguities and serious contradictions, and are in conflict with the two affidavits she signed on August 1, 1974, two months before her death on October 8th.

POWERED AIRCRAFT or GLIDER ?

On page 212 of her book, Ms. O’Dwyer-Brinchman writes —> Read More

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