Thought this might be of some interest for you. Its already 6 weeks ago, strange nobody has picked it up yet. Finally, after so many years, this 747SP ist ready for service, freshly painted in the (extremely boring) NASA-livery.
DfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1068 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1404 times:
Good deal, indeed.
IIRC, there was some speculation that the SOFIA program would be canceled in 2005-2006 due to budget constraints and lingering technical problems.
I do agree that NASA paint jobs are extremely boring, and it wouldn't hurt them to hire a graphics artist once in a decade to keep things contemporary. God knows they could get enough ideas from the public...
I think I saw a thread about this (or it might be the report) about a week ago. But great that the SOFIA project lives, and the 747SP has another valuable role for contributing to science instead of being scrapped.