RIP Herb Kelleher (87), founder of Southwest airlines. Arguably one of the most charismatic airline CEOs. Our favorite example of his innovativeness was when he arm wrestled another airline executive over a trademark dispute. He wanted to save the legal fees, even though he had practiced law. Kelleher did not win the arm wrestling match, but he did grow Southwest to the largest domestic carrier in the U.S.
Success for the Juno spacecraft! After nearly 5-years traveling in space to Jupiter, Juno, put on its brakes, so to speak, and slowed by 1,212 mph. This allowed the craft to drop into Jupiter’s orbit. Juno should travel around the gaseous giant 37 times in the next 20 months and begin providing more information at the end of August. We especially like the NASA tweet: “Engine burn complete and orbit obtained. I’m ready to unlock all your secrets, #Jupiter. Deal with it.”
Congratulations to UH-1 Vietnam Huey pilot Charles Kettles. Charles, now 86 years old from Ypsilanti, Michigan is going to receive a Medal of Honor on July 18, 2016. Kettles is credited with saving dozens of lives on May 15, 1967 after our troops where ambushed in the Song Tau Cau river valley. With no guns or aircrew, under constant fire, no air support, with disregard for his own life, he flew in, piled in 8 soldiers, was over gross weight and somehow managed take-off and fly back to safety. We’re glad this hero is getting the recognition he deserves.
Good news for Airbus. The first MADE IN THE USA, A321 aircraft has been completed in the Mobile, Alabama plant. 3-years ago Airbus broke ground on what used to be a WW II bomber support base in Mobile. Only 7-months after inauguration the workers in Mobile delivered the A321 to Jet Blue airlines. Since announcing the plant the Airbus market share in the U.S. climbed from 20% to 40%.