This thread has grown quite a bit since the original First Flight short story. To make things a little easier (and thank you to those who suggested this), here are the links to the various chapters for ease of reading.
Prologue: First Flight
Part 1: The Interplanetary Society
1: Space Program Rising (Part I)
2: Space Program Rising (Part II)
3: New Directions
5: Two's Company
6: These New En