National Geographic : 1961 Sep
The Pilot's Story: ASTRONAUT SHEPARD'S Here, in the matter-of-fact language of the engineer-test pilot, are excerpts T LIFT-OFF I started a clock-timer in from a unique document: AlanB. Shep- the spacecraft and prepared for noise ard, Jr.'s, own report to the Nation on and vibration. I felt none of any seri ous consequence. The cockpit section experi his 4,75-e-an -hourflight down the enced no vibration, and I did not even have Atlantic Missile Range. to turn up my radio receiver to full volume 432 to hear the radio transmissions.