Veterans of NASA's Project Mercury have landed in Cape Canaveral this weekend to celebrate 50 years of orbital flight.
This Monday will mark the golden anniversary of John Glenn's momentous circling of the globe.
More than 100 men and women who helped launch Glenn and the other Mercury 7 astronauts gathered at Kennedy Space Center on Saturday. They traveled by the busloads to Launch Complex 14. That's the pad from which Glenn rocketed away on Feb. 20, 1962, to become the first American in orbit.
A new fleet of cargo planes at a U.S. Air Force base in Ohio allows reservists who fly overseas to transport wounded troops to medical treatment centers.
The Dayton Daily News reports Sunday that nine C-17 Globemaster III cargo planes replace the C-5A Galaxy planes flown by the Air Force Reserve 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Unlike the C-5As, the new planes allow for aeromedical missions.