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User currently offlineAndysim From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2009, 9 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5203 times:

I know the shuttle is coming to the end of its life but whats going to happen to the 747s that Nasa use to transport it?

Thanks for any info.


Andy

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User currently offlineGST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 934 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5198 times:

I would imagine it hasn't got the greatest number of hours on the clock, and will fit in as a flight test aircraft in some capacity. It would be nice to see some more space-plane glide test releases like it did with Enterprise back in the day, but thats probably mere fantasy for the near future.

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5139 times:



Quoting GST (Reply 1):
I would imagine it hasn't got the greatest number of hours on the clock

Both aircraft came used from the airlines so I think you would be shocked at the actual airframe hours... plus they date back to the mid 1970's with NASA



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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31123 posts, RR: 85
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5116 times:
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What are the plans for the orbiters?

If they are not going on permanent display somewhere, NASA might keep the 747s around for a bit in case they need to be transported (say for PR purposes).


User currently offlineStudeDave From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5107 times:



Quoting Stitch (Reply 3):
What are the plans for the orbiters?

Uh oh- here we go again...

Where did that thread go???



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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2997 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5076 times:



Quoting StudeDave (Reply 4):

Space Shuttle Post Program Placement (by BigWNFan Dec 17 2008 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)



The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
User currently offlineGalaxy5007 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 628 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 5051 times:



Quoting EMBQA (Reply 2):
Both aircraft came used from the airlines so I think you would be shocked at the actual airframe hours... plus they date back to the mid 1970's with NASA

They do use them from time to time for testing @ Edwards. They don't sit on the ground for months or years on end waiting for a shuttle to land somewhere other than KSC. I'm sure both will end up in a museum. It'd be cool if they put a shuttle on one and put it on display @ Edwards...


User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4962 times:

A friend of mine associated with the NMUSAF told me if they were willing to wait, they would get the last shuttle (I forget which one, but AF associated like Apollo 15) and the 747. So that's what I heard.


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User currently offlineAndysim From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2009, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4867 times:

thanks for the replies. It will be intresting to see what happens to the 747s and the shuttles in the future. Would it not be awsome to see the Enterprise mounted on the top of one of the 747s on display hehe.

User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10765 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4862 times:



Quoting Andysim (Reply 8):
thanks for the replies. It will be intresting to see what happens to the 747s and the shuttles in the future. Would it not be awsome to see the Enterprise mounted on the top of one of the 747s on display hehe.

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I agree, the best display an aviation/technics museum could get is a Space Shuttle on top of one of the two 747s. That combination is unbeatable.


User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6491 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4840 times:



Quoting NA (Reply 9):
I agree, the best display an aviation/technics museum could get is a Space Shuttle on top of one of the two 747s. That combination is unbeatable.

More so than a complete, intact Shuttle stack?  Wink



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4839 times:

We could turn them into the world's biggest "vomet comits".

 duck   duck   duck 


User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31123 posts, RR: 85
Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4820 times:
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Since Boeing now owns Rockwell, I think a NASA 747 and the Enterprise orbiter would be appropriate for the Museum of Flight.  Wink

User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4770 times:
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Quoting EMBQA (Reply 2):
plus they date back to the mid 1970's with NASA

N905NA dates from the 70's but...


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User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1651 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4172 times:
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Does anyone have any pictures of the interiors of the NASA 747’s, did they strip out the airline interiors.

JetStar


User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4158 times:
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Quoting Jetstar (Reply 14):
Does anyone have any pictures of the interiors of the NASA 747’s, did they strip out the airline interiors.


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and probably others in the photo database if you want to check that out....



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User currently offlineNomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1881 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4088 times:

White Knight 1 turned out to be pretty useful for launching the X-37. Just think what they could do with a plane that could launch 140 ton experimental craft.


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User currently onlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8638 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4047 times:



Quoting N328KF (Reply 10):
More so than a complete, intact Shuttle stack?

You have a point there.  bigthumbsup 


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