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HODINKEE Radio Episode 42: General Tom Stafford

adio Episode 42: General Tom Stafford

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This week’s scene of HODINKEE Radio addresses one of the cooler hours of my editorial profession. Early last Thursday morning, I jumped into a Uber, passed through an almost unfilled New York City, and loaded onto a trip to Orlando, Florida. My definitive objective? The Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. 

Omega was facilitating three days of programming to commend the 50th commemoration of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, and James was at that point down there to cover it for us (ideally you got a portion of the features on our Instagram Stories). Yet, Omega was likewise ready to organize something pretty uncommon for us – so extraordinary, indeed that it justified a mid-week roadtrip to Florida, no inquiries asked.

Less than two hours after wheels-down, I ended up sitting across a table from General Tom Stafford. In the event that, for some insane explanation, you don’t have the foggiest idea who General Stafford is, any reasonable person would agree he’s a NASA legend. I don’t have space here to list the entirety of his accomplishments and firsts, however he flew two Gemini missions, Apollo 10, and Apollo-Soyuz, he ran R&D for the U.S. Naval force at the tallness of the Cold War, and he’s likewise been on the leading body of Omega since the mid ’80s and lead improvement of the X-33. Also, that lone starts to expose what’s underneath. The man is as genuine article as it gets and incredibly humble notwithstanding the way that considering him a “certifiable American legend” is likely an odd take on the cold, hard truth. Investing this energy with him was truly a privilege.

You’re not going to hear a huge load of James or me in this one, as we both kinda simply needed to absorb everything General Stafford needed to share. It’s better that way, I promise.

We trust you appreciate Episode 42 of HODINKEE Radio. Look at the show notes underneath and let us understand your opinion in the comments.

Wrist Check

I anticipated that General Stafford should shake a staggeringly cool gold Speedmaster that he’s been wearing routinely since the mid 1980s ( you can study that watch here ). All things being equal however, he was donning something different exceptional – and something with profound individual importance. What you see here is an extraordinary version from 2010 made to commend the 35th commemoration of the Apollo-Soyuz mission, for which General Stafford was the American commander. This watch has a dial made of shooting star, yet with an abnormal two-tone finish that makes the fundamental dial practically dark and the sub-dials splendid silver. It’s a shocking watch completely all alone, yet on General Stafford’s wrist it feels especially right.

Show Notes


Apollo 10


Gemini 6A


Skunk Works


Apollo–Soyuz Test Project


Gemini 9A


Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk


B-2 Stealth Bomber


Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch


Omega X33

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