The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!
Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Visit: Air Force Gemini - The Manned Orbiting Laboratory
By Fred Harl
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has a very unique piece of space hardware on display - a USAF flight-rated Gemini B that was later modified for use in the Manned Orbiting Laboratory program. The Air Force was interested in adopting the Gemini spacecraft attached to a cylindrical laboratory and launched by a Titan IIIC booster for manned reconnaissance missions in space. The program was cancelled in 1969 after only one unmanned test flight, even though a separate corps of astronauts was in the running on a parallel track to the NASA Apollo missions. Here are a few photos and helpful links for further reading on the program: