Since the program’s announcement, Anna, Sarah, Scott, and Jared have undergone training consisting of centrifuge and hypoxia training exercises, high altitude, and intensive Dragon spacecraft simulations. Part of the training in Bozeman, Montana, is acclimating to the G forces that they will experience during the launch to space. And the best vehicle for this is a plane, more specifically, the fighter jet MIG-29 and the jet trainer L39 Albatross.
As part of the IWC partnership, I had the opportunity to join the crew on this momentous occasion and presented the crew with four unique IWC Pilot’s Chronograph Edition “Polaris Dawn” (Ref. IW389111) watches. Being on the ground in Bozeman gave me a glimpse into the training and what it meant for the crew and their families to be part of such a special mission.
Throughout the day, I attended flight briefings about the different conditions they would encounter, which were less than desirable due to a rainstorm. As the skies cleared at the end of the day, I was offered a seat and experienced flying on board one of the L39 Albatrosses planes with Pilot John Baum, who had the call sign ‘Slick.’ Having loved aviation since I was a little girl and first set foot on a plane, this was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. Having attended multiple airshows as a child, the magic of flying and planes have always made my heart race and given me goosebumps. A quick glimpse of Slick’s wrist and I spotted the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition “Lake Tahoe” (Ref. IW389105). My watch that day was the IWC Pilot’s Watch “Chronograph Spitfire” (Ref. IW387901).