“We saw ‘em after Anchorage. They were really there. All ‘round us, bright and changing and continuous,” he said in a newspaper article. “The whole night was only about 3 hours 45 minutes long.”
“It was early afternoon Oct. 16 when we left Japan,” he said. “We passed the international dateline about Shemya and it was then the early evening of the 15th – we were back in yesterday. Over Anchorage it was near midnight local time and so we went back into the 16th again. And finally we saw the second sunrise of Oct. 16 near Thule.”
That’s what happens when you’re flying Mach 2 to the east and the sun is only doing Mach 1 to the west, Kubesch said.
Now, 50 years later, the historic B-58 bomber has a prominent place in the Strategic Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Neb. The flight suit and helmet Kubesch wore is on display at the Grissom Air Museum.
Polly Dobbs, Kubesch’s daughter, said her father recently had surgery and was unavailable for comment for this story.
Dobbs said her dad moved to several different Air Force bases before settling down on a farm in Miami County after leaving the military, but continued to fly planes privately into his 70s.
Family and friends will get together this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kubesch’s achievement, she said.
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