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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Virgin Galactic`s Miracle Survivor

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) -- There were no ejection seats and no easy ways out of SpaceShipTwo if disaster struck.
As the doomed flight rocketed past the speed of sound some eight miles high and then shattered seconds later, the odds of survival were slim. Remarkably, as sections of the cockpit, fuselage, a wing and motor rained down over the Mojave Desert and pieces of the lightweight craft tiny enough to travel 35 miles were picked up by the winds, a single parachute was seen in the sky.
Pilot Peter Siebold was alive and drifting to safety...article

Like most, I assumed the vehicle was equipped with state of the art ejection seats that provided quick egress in case of emergency. After learning this was not the case, and that there was a lack of any other viable escape options, it makes his coming out alive even more miraculous.
When Siebold recounts his tale of survival in the coming days, it will most likely read much as the story that Bill Weaver describes in the article...
{Bill Weaver has been telling a similar story of survival for decades.
The former Lockheed test pilot was torn from the seat of an SR-71 Blackbird at 78,800 feet above New Mexico on Jan. 25, 1966. The plane was going more than triple the speed of sound.}...A very lucky man, surviving a very unlucky day!