Brian's Open Road
The Rest Is History (0:48)
Spaceship Program (1:03)
You Live Your Life For Moments Like That (1:56)
airplanes, attitude, childhood, comfort zone, crash, details, flight, flying, life, limitations, make it or break it, mothership, Navy, perseverance, pride, space ships, spaceship, struggle, successful, work
- When he was a kid, he'd play with toy rockets and gliders; clearly his great passion from day one.
- Had to apply to naval test pilot school three times before he was finally accepted; flying was much harder than he'd expected.
- Final test came down to him landing an old jet on an aircraft carrier at night in a storm; says "you live your life for moments like that."
- Was in the Navy for 20 years; wanted to keep flying rather than work a desk job, went to Mojave to keep flight testing.
- Jumped into flight testing private spaceships, started pursuing Ansari X prize (flying a private aircraft into space on two occasions).
- They hit failure after failure, finally got something right: spaceships kept successfully flying higher and higher.
- After making it into space once, he was chosen for do-or-die second flight; it was successful, set winged aircraft altitude record.
- Even after flying into space, felt more out of his comfort zone later that week doing Late Show with David Letterman.