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This week's episode of HODINKEE Radio represents one of the cooler hours of my journalistic career. Early last Thursday morning, I hopped into an Uber, drove through a nearly-empty New York City, and boarded a flight to Orlando, Florida. My ultimate destination? The Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.*
Omega was hosting three days of programming to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, and James was already down there to cover it for us (hopefully you caught some of the highlights on our Instagram Stories). But Omega was also able to arrange something pretty special for us – so special, in fact that it warranted a mid-week day trip to Florida, no questions asked.
Less than two hours after wheels-down, I found myself sitting across a table from General Tom Stafford. If, for some crazy reason, you don’t know who General Stafford is, it's fair to say he's a NASA legend. I don't have room here to list all of his accomplishments and firsts, but he flew two Gemini missions, Apollo 10, and Apollo-Soyuz, he ran R&D for the U.S. Navy at the height of the Cold War, and he's also been on the board of Omega since the early '80s and lead development of the X-33. And that only scratches the surface. The man is as real-deal as it gets and shockingly humble despite the fact that calling him a "genuine American hero" is likely an understatement. Spending this time with him was sincerely a privilege.
You're not going to hear a ton of James or me in this one, as we both kinda just wanted to soak in everything General Stafford had to share. It's better that way, I promise.
We hope you enjoy Episode 42 of HODINKEE Radio. Check out the show notes below and let us know what you think in the comments.
Wrist Check

I expected General Stafford to be rocking an unbelievably cool gold Speedmaster that he's been wearing regularly since the early 1980s (you can learn more about that watch right here). Instead though, he was sporting something else special – and something with deep personal meaning. What you see here is a special edition from 2010 created to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz mission, for which General Stafford was the American commander. This watch has a dial made of meteorite, but with an unusual two-tone finish that makes the main dial almost black and the sub-dials bright silver. It's a stunning watch all on its own, but on General Stafford's wrist it feels particularly right.
Show Notes

1:24
Apollo 10
1:40
Gemini 6A
11:15
Skunk Works
15:00
Apollo–Soyuz Test Project
17:00
Gemini 9A
19:42
Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
25:00
B-2 Stealth Bomber
32:30
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch
42:00
Omega X33


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