Chris Hadfield in NASA's T-38 supersonic jet


2010-11-01 - Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield gets ready to go on a NASA T-38 supersonic jet ride. Hadfield is currently training for a long-duration mission on board the International Space Station (ISS). Scheduled to launch in December 2012, he will become the first Canadian Commander of the ISS during the second half of Expedition 34/35. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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Chris Hadfield: So we're ready to go flying. Filled out all the paperwork; we've got the weather; we're going to San Antonio today. These are the airplanes that are getting repaired but we've got some outside that we're about to take flying.

My helmet bin.

My ejection seat harness.

Walking out to the jet. We're going to take 962 flying. My pilot is Solo.

Back from flying. The airplane was good. Went to San Antonio and back. You can see it's night time. Excellent. We've done some touch and go's a lot of pattern work, lots of talking to Houston centre and San Antonio centre. Worked out real well. It's nice to be back home.