Hurricane provides dramatic end to Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo event
- Dec 11, 2009
Hurricane force winds hit Mojave Air and Spaceport CA on Monday evening where we had all gathered to witness the roll out of Virgin Galactic's first commercial manned spaceship.
We braved gale force winds and stormy weather, to see SpaceShipTwo for the first time. As we were celebrating, an evacuation was called by local officials who had become aware of the approaching storm.
It was absolutely incredible, the roll out of the spaceship had been fantastic and everybody was filled with terrific energy. We were all in the tents when the evacuation was called. 20 minutes after the last of the 800 guests had been coached away, the main 200ft tent literally took off.
Gusts were reported of up to 116MPH. Both spaceship and mothership were unscathed thanks to the rapid action of the crew as were all guests thanks to an efficient evacuation to waiting buses.
We were fully expecting to be blown away by our beautiful new spaceship but got a little more than we bargained for!