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User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 6065 posts, RR: 26
Posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1230 times:

Check out this fascinating re-use of a 747SP:


Any of you list junkies out there know the provenance of this particular aircraft? Also, any links to more detailed information on the 'Net?

Thought y'all'd like to see this one.



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7907 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1180 times:

Sofia is the next major airborne observatory. It is a former Pan Am/United 747SP. I believe it is in storage right now at Marana... though it could have been moved.

My boss, was in charge of the old Kupier Airborne Observatory, a joint venture between NASA and the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Lab. They fitted a small, 2-meter (?), telescope with a spectrometer and all the related gadgetry into the prototype Lockheed C-141. This was all based from Moffet. Before they had the C-141 they used two CV-990s (one crashed) and several LearJets. The C-141 was decommissioned in 1990 I believe and nothing has been doing that sort of work since then.

Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (15 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1149 times:

There´s an excellent site on the fate of every single SP, www.747sp.com


User currently offlineYaki1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1113 times:

More Sofia info

User currently offlineSouthflite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1096 times:

The 747SP being used for the SOFIA program is N145UA (ex-N536PA).

The fuselage of sister N141UA (ex-N531PA), scrapped at Ardmore OK, was used for testing/modelling how the telescope would be fitted.

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