http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/4293785.htmlQuestion raised as ex-astronaut forced to retire from airline job
By BILL HENSEL JR.
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle
Robert "Hoot" Gibson was not the happiest camper Friday, despite a party in his honor.
Not only was the longtime astronaut piloting his last commercial airline flight because of a forced retirement, but the flight was five minutes late, to boot.
Gibson, a colorful member of NASA's elite astronaut corps who commanded four of the five space shuttle missions he flew, is ending a 10-year run with Southwest Airlines because he turns 60 on Monday, the mandatory retirement age for pilots in the U.S. [continued]