DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7731 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 981 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.
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