Take Me Out to the Ballgame
The Lancaster JetHawks celebrated NASA Night Aug. 13 by giving away "bobblehead" toys of two local aerospace legends.
The bobbleheads, supplied by the JetHawks, depict Dryden chief pilot Gordon Fullerton and the late State Sen. William J. "Pete" Knight.
Fullerton (seen below), a test pilot and astronaut, was key in 1977 approach and landing Shuttle tests at Dryden, a series of five flight research missions with Space Shuttle Prototype Enterprise.
He also flew two Space Shuttle missions, including Columbia's 1982 mission STS-3, and served as commander on Challenger for STS-51F in 1985.
Fullerton signed autographs, such as one for Mike Youell, and also made the acquaintance of JetHawks mascot Kaboom.
Knight was known as "the fastest man alive" for his 1967 X-15 flight to Mach 6.7.
Prior to the first pitch, Fullerton flew two low-level passes near the stadium in a NASA F/A-18. The F/A-18 aircraft on the pedestal outside the stadium is on permanent loan from Dryden.