Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/22/paris_pilot/

Intrepid Vulture 1 spaceplane pilot arrives at PARIS project

Short 'naut is not short of the Right Stuff

By Lester Haines

Posted in SPB, 22nd October 2010 10:58 GMT

The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team were on hand this morning to greet our Vulture 1 pilot as he jetted into Spain ahead of this weekend's historic aerospace event.

We're obliged to Cade Metz of El Reg's San Francisco tentacle for seeing our man safely onto the plane, and we're delighted to report that he arrived none the worse for enthusiastically availing himself of the in-flight drinks trolley.

We should point out that our man is certainly short, but he's not short of the Right Stuff, as a few picks from his photo album show.

Indeed, his flying career began way before our fathers were a twinkle in our grandfather's eye:

Our Vulture 1 pilot poses in a WW1 fighter

For further proof that we've got the right man for the job, try the following:

Our flyboy during the Battle of Britain

Our pilot with the X-15

Our man standing on the Moon

Of course, we've arranged a photo shoot with our pilot at the controls of our bleeding-edge* paper spaceplane Vulture 1, and as soon as he's sobered up we'll get right on it. ®

*Paper cuts. 'Nough said.

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