Working at the Waterloo Air Show yesterday I had a chance to meet Bjarni Tryggvason, former Canadian astronaut and pilot of the replica Silver Dart that will be coming to the Canadian Air & Space Museum later this year.
Bjarni flew on the space shuttle STS-85 as a payload specialist from August 7-19, 1997 where he conducted fluid dynamics experiments designed to examine sensitivity to spacecraft vibrations. He flew 4.7 million miles in 284 hours and 27 minutes.
This year, Tryggvason has been travelling quite a bit slower. The Silver Dart replica has been flown 4 times. In between, he’s been flying as part of the Harvard team and teaching at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
To Bjarni’s left is Rod Jones, a member of the museum’s Board. We talked for a few minutes about the flying conditions and some ideas about how to coordinate all the events across Canada like the Waterloo show and our own Wings & Wheels.
Thanks to Bob Bourke, fellow volunteer, for taking the photo and sharing it with me.