Oroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 875 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5232 times:
Quoting chuchoteur (Reply 1): ...will the last one be displayed with a shuttle, or just retired?
I would love to see Pathfinder on it, with stairs and a glass viewing platform to get a look at the shuttle that then leads back down into the SCA where there is an interactive museum about the shuttle program.
eksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1213 posts, RR: 27 Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 4787 times:
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Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 4): You didn't happen to get any pix of the ferry flight? Your other shuttle pix are most informative, thanks for sharing them.
Sorry. I was not there for it. I can see if there are any internal pics floating around. Unfortunately, this and the 4 STAs being retired are minor --very minor- footnotes in the history of the STS program. I was leaving the VAB the other day and saw a lot of heavy equipment such as the cranes and the SSME forklifts parked outside in the excess pile. Soon there will be bidders picking them up at gov. auctions,i guess. I wonder if they will even know or care what the history behind those individual unheralded bits of equipment are. They have all performed critical roles in their specific job functions during the program.
Thanks for the kind remarks. Am glad to share them with the fans.
ZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3369 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4153 times:
Quoting LimaNiner (Reply 8): Why would they do that? Aren't they giving up some margin?
It's retiring, 20 minute flight, not much of an interior to speak of, no payload, minimal fuel, and Edwards has one of the longest runways in the world. Can't think of a easier circumstance to 3 engine ferry a 747. Why invest the time and money to fix the engine?
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