Doug’s friendship with Joe Engle began in a fateful way: in 1998, Doug won the new life membership Foundation for North American Wild Sheep bow hunting trip, and the prize included taking this trip with astronaut Major General Joe Engle. Engle is remarkable for the dramatic achievements of his NASA career: he is the only person ever to fly two different winged vehicles in space. In the mid-60s, he attained record heights and speeds and pioneered aircraft and spacecraft tests. He commanded the second orbital flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia and, during this flight, became the first pilot to manually fly an aerospace vehicle during reentry from Mach 25 to landing.

Doug presented him with “Air-Force,” a bronze of an eagle in flight inspired by the Mission Patch from Engle’s 19th Space Shuttle mission.