- Dec 6, 2004
I always thought this whole "galactic" thing was an elaborate publicity stunt. Maybe not. It seems bizarre nonetheless.smh.com.au said:Virgin pilots offered galactic gig
June 6, 2006 - 5:18PM
Pilots from low-cost airline Virgin Blue have been invited to apply to train as astronauts with Virgin Galactic.
Virgin Galactic aims to have 30 astronaut pilots by the launch of its space program in 2008.
Half the astronauts will be recruited from NASA and the others from the Virgin airline group, which also includes Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Nigeria, Virgin Express and Virgin America.
Virgin Blue today announced two of its pilots may be chosen to undertake a 27-month secondment to train as astronaut pilots.
Richard Branson, the president of Virgin Blue and chairman of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Galactic, said he was thrilled to involve Virgin Blue and Australia in the initiative.