The stupidity of the current administration will never cease to amaze me; the airlines were projecting daily losses in the millions of dollars due to delays, cancellations etc. The loss of tax revenue would greatly exceed any of the "fake savings" from the sequester yet all the White House can say is that Congress caved in to the whining business travelers. If a business was run as poorly as the current goverment is the first thing that would likely happen is that they would fire their president / ceo, and bring in someone that could actually lead instead of just talk about how great they are.
I agree that it is likely that Mr. Armstrong would have never wanted this, he was a humble man that avoided the spotlight and gave credit to all the 450,000+ people that made the moon landings possible. The greater insult to his memory is our current, and likely foreseable future lack of a United States manned spaceflight program. We went from zero to the moon in nine years, we had one of the greatest machines man has ever designed in the Space Shuttles, and now at less than half of their designed life they sit forever rotting away in museums. We now have to buy a ride into space from our former adversary in the space race, what a disgrace to all those who dedicated their lives to the US space programs, and a true insult to those with the names of Grissom, White, Chaffee (Apollo 1), Smith, Scobee, McNair, Onizuka, McAuliffe, Jarvis, Resnik (STS-51-L Challenger), and Husband, McCool, Andersom, Chawla, Brown, Clark, Ramon (STS-107 Columbia) who gave their lives onboard a US spacecraft in
I fly a TBM profesionally for a company, it is an outstanding aircraft and handles icing conditions very well. Like any aircraft you have to respect it's capabilities and limitations. In 25+ years and close to 10,000 hours I have not found any aircraft that can handle sustained flight in severe icing conditions (SLD) to include heated flying surfaces jets. And yes the TBM like almost all PT-6 powered aircraft does have a particle separator that must be deployed prior to entering icing conditions.