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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3526 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6168 times:
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Flew from Edwards to Palmdale friday. It will serve as a spares source for SOFIA.

Sooner than I expected but had to happen sometime I guess.

http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-021012a.html

Correction: The ferry flight was 8 Feb.


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User currently offlinechuchoteur From France, joined Sep 2006, 764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6152 times:

...will the last one be displayed with a shuttle, or just retired?

User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 913 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6046 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.


User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1305 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5880 times:
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Quoting ZANL188 (Thread starter):
It will serve as a spares source for SOFIA.

She will also be a part source for 905 who will hopefully soldier on with a new a career providing services for new programs.

Quoting chuchoteur (Reply 1):
...will the last one be displayed with a shuttle, or just retired?

The current plan is too keep 905 operational. None will be retired with the orbiters.



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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3526 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5867 times:
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Quoting eksath (Reply 3):

You didn't happen to get any pix of the ferry flight? Your other shuttle pix are most informative, thanks for sharing them.



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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1305 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5601 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.



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User currently offlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2612 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5461 times:
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Pictures of final landing can be seen here

http://www.fencecheck.com/forums/ind...pic,17346.msg287667.html#msg287667


User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3526 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5060 times:
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Video of the ferry flight. I understand this was a 3 engine ferry - note the rudder deflection on takeoff...

http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/Gallery/Movie/747_SCA/HTML/EM-0064-06.html



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User currently offlineLimaNiner From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4973 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 7):
I understand this was a 3 engine ferry

Why would they do that? Aren't they giving up some margin?

One comment at the link sovietjet posted said that one engine was at idle...


User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3526 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4967 times:
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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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User currently offlineLimaNiner From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4709 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 9):
Why invest the time and money to fix the engine?

Oh -- I'd missed the fact that the engine was broken. Makes total sense to me now.  

(My original question was made under the assumption that all 4 engines were in perfect working condition, in which case I guess they could've saved a couple of gallons of gas?)


User currently offlineboeing767mech From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1027 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4637 times:

Here she sits in Palmdale, took this pictures last weekend.

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g299/boeing767mech/100_0904.jpg

David.



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User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3018 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4470 times:

Quoting LimaNiner (Reply 8):
One comment at the link sovietjet posted said that one engine was at idle...

In the video in reply 7, as it is landing, you can see heat from all 4 engines, but one does not reverse thrust.



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User currently offlinekalvado From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4370 times:

Quoting 4holer (Reply 12):
In the video in reply 7, as it is landing, you can see heat from all 4 engines, but one does not reverse thrust.

And maybe a second after reverse thrust frame you can see sunlight through #1 and #2 fans - and looks like #1 is not rotating


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