Thu. May 23rd, 2019

Pilot Dave Mackay on becoming the first Scot in space

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In February 2019, Dave Mackay became the first Scottish-born pilot to travel to space.

Mackay is Virgin Galactic’s chief pilot, and February’s test flight marked a crucial step in the company’s ambition to offer commercial flights into space.

Earlier this week he returned to the small village of Helmsdale where he grew up to share his experience with local young people.

Read more: Scotland’s first space pilot took children’s book on mission

Pilot on becoming the first Scot in space

In February Dave Mackay guided Virgin Galactic’s space craft to almost 56 miles (90km) above earth.

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