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August 24, 2012
THEY RETIRED THE last of the Virgin Universals today, making room for Phasic. Itís the end of an era, and a bookend for my life. I was born a week before the first of the Universals, The Pepsi Armstrong, took flight on her maiden voyage: an out-and-back of all of two AU.

Now, with the Daytona 500 Tereshkova en route to the Guangzhou Air and Space Museum, I behold my hundred years as though they were a moment: I creak, yes. I groan, yes. But I burned, goddammit. I was a pilot, and a father, and a boy.