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Space Shuttle Discovery Landing At Dulles In April  
User currently offlinerjm777ual From UK - England, joined Nov 2011, 246 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 16046 times:

Sorry if this was discussed before.

"The Space Shuttle Discovery will be delivered to the National Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in April. It will be transported by NASA atop a modified Boeing 747 and is scheduled to land at Dulles on Tuesday, April 17 (date is weather dependent). The museum has a special webpage about “Welcome Discovery” events which are planned. We will update this post with more information about the Dulles arrival as it becomes available."

Space shuttle discovery is replacing the Enterprise at IAD's Udvar-Hazy center.

http://www.mwaa.com/dulles/dulles.htm


Greetings from Dulles!
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User currently offlineUnited727 From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 412 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 15915 times:

Where is Enterprise going? Will the Modified, Former AA 747 continue to fly after the shuttles are moved to their final resting places?


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Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 15721 times:

Enterprise is going to New York City for display at the Intrepid museum. Tentative schedule has it being flown up on Monday, April 23.


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User currently offlinemichiganatc From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 14444 times:

So the question's are:

-What time will it be arriving in IAD

-What will Discovery be doing between April 17th when it arrives and when Discovery is deliver to the museum on the 19th?

-Will it just sit atop the NASA 747 until the 19th?


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Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 14254 times:
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Quoting michiganatc (Reply 3):
-What time will it be arriving in IAD

Operational reasons will dictate that. Weather is a key issue as the pathfinder aircraft 100 miles ahead will determine the route. Departures from KSC is also based on many operational reasons hence i would not hold my breath for a deaprture on the 17th.

Quoting michiganatc (Reply 3):
-What will Discovery be doing between April 17th when it arrives and when Discovery is deliver to the museum on the 19th?

If it gets there on the 17th, the two days are built in to carry out the demate.

Quoting michiganatc (Reply 3):
-Will it just sit atop the NASA 747 until the 19th?

until the cranes,take her down.

At KSC there is a special demate/mate structure. At IAD, they will be using two cranes to do the job hence there will have to be a lot of prep work.



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User currently offlinewagz From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 517 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 13944 times:
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Quoting eksath (Reply 4):
Operational reasons will dictate that. Weather is a key issue as the pathfinder aircraft 100 miles ahead will determine the route. Departures from KSC is also based on many operational reasons hence i would not hold my breath for a deaprture on the 17th.

I understand weather is a big factor in the operation, but do you think the odds of it arriving on the 17th are really that low? The Smithsonian has been hyping the April 17 arrival date, and April 19 transfer date for a while on their website. I know its quite out of the Smithsonian's hands on when it arrives, but a delay would seem to be pretty bad publicity.

I'm planning on getting down to IAD for its arrival via the 747 come hell or high water. I was planning to book a hotel room very shortly for the night before so I can be there early to set up (I'm driving down from PHL). I'm wondering if I should wait now. Do you know if there's a proposed timetable on the 17th assuming good conditions and no unforeseen delays (ie: departure time from TTS)?



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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1317 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 13794 times:
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Quoting wagz (Reply 5):
I understand weather is a big factor in the operation, but do you think the odds of it arriving on the 17th are really that low? The Smithsonian has been hyping the April 17 arrival date, and April 19 transfer date for a while on their website. I know its quite out of the Smithsonian's hands on when it arrives, but a delay would seem to be pretty bad publicity.

Yes. I would give it the odds of a coin toss. I am merely stating the principal factors that standout at this point - i.e. 3 weeks out

Reason 1:

Weather is an unknown. Only can be sure after the morning weather brief. The orbiter CANNOT encounter rain.

Reason 2:

Mating the orbiter. There has been a drastic cut in the staffing available. In the old days (i.e. STS program days), there would be three shifts running and plenty of talent around. Post STS program, it is a skeleton crew. If there are any issues, there is no longer a 2nd shift or 3rd shift to keep the ball rolling. In a lot of the transition and retirement operations, items have been slipping for this reason. There is a reduction in resources etc.

The orbiters had a remarkable way of making sure they did stuff on their schedule hence anybody who has been around them will tell you the first rule is the qualifier "No earlier than..." The Smithsonian may just get the first taste of what is like to make a shuttle run on a schedule. It would have been better if that press release said, " Discovery will arrive at Dulles, no earlier than April 17th". That is what the press release would have said if NASA PAO wrote it.

In a good case scenario, the weather will be nominal and the mate will occur as planned. I hope so too as as I will be suffering through it as well at the mate/demate device. But I am not a gambling man, so i am not putting any money on it. I hope I am wrong though.

Quoting wagz (Reply 5):
Do you know if there's a proposed timetable on the 17th assuming good conditions and no unforeseen delays (ie: departure time from TTS)?

The best I can tell you at this point is that it will be an early morning (first light departure) from KSC. Upon arrival of NASA 905 on 04/09, i will have a better idea however this will be really known only the day before for reason given above.

The cruise speed of the SCA + Orbiter is about 250 knots at 15K; range is 1000 miles. There is the flight down the Mall planned, too. So one can extrapolate from there but if the SCA has to fly around any weather systems then this track will be longer.

[Edited 2012-03-28 11:22:19]


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User currently offlineEagleboy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 13786 times:
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Quoting eksath (Reply 6):
There is the flight down the Mall planned, too.

Do I understand that correctly? A flight over of The Mall in DC?

If so then that is a nice PR move!


User currently offlinewagz From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 517 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 13615 times:
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Thanks for the information Suresh, it is appreciated. I had no idea the orbiter couldn't encounter any rain whatsoever. At this point I'll just plan for the 17th and hope for the best. At least if the weather forecast looks bad from a couple days out I may still be able to cancel my hotel room. One way or another I'm going to get down there (work be damned) even if it means leaving PHL at 5AM the day of to see it.


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 13533 times:

I wonder if it is worth wile making a Transatlantic trip for the event. There will probably be a Zillion people at the IAD NASM and around.

Wonder what would be the best viewing point? The NASM tower can only accomodate so many and I am sure they will close it to the public or it would be an invasion up there.

I guess better have a scanner in hand if going to IAD to see the 747/Discovery combo landing.

They are not going to go around the airport for the pleasure of all in the passenger terminals are they?

 



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User currently offlinecaptainstefan From United States of America, joined May 2007, 433 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 13401 times:

Suresh - A question:
Will they plan to use Runway 1R/19L only, in order to minimize taxiing? I am banking on that, also because that would give everyone in attendance the best view. Here's hoping for a 1R arrival....



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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1317 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 13252 times:
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Quoting captainstefan (Reply 10):
Will they plan to use Runway 1R/19L only, in order to minimize taxiing? I am banking on that, also because that would give everyone in attendance the best view. Here's hoping for a 1R arrival....

Taxiing is not an issue. The footprint is the same as a 747. I have seen the SCA land in the opposite direction of the demate device at KSC and then do a U turn (KSC runway is 300 feet across) to back track to the device. Wind direction will be decision. I can probably get a better idea when i talk to the crew once they get to KSC sometime after 04/09.



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User currently offlinejfidler From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 13035 times:

I was at Udvar-Hazy earlier this week and talked to a staff member there about this. He said they are expecting the largest crowds they have ever had, and it will likely top the record-setting crowds they had on opening day. He also said that IAD-area hotels with rooms facing the runway/museum are sold out or almost sold out for that day.

I believe the parking lot holds around 2,000 cars and my guess is that will fill up quickly. I'm thinking my strategy may be to park at the normal IAD parking lots and then take a bus to Udvar-Hazy.


User currently offlinen92r03 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12922 times:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/...n/2012/04/05/gIQAUauNxS_story.html

I thought it was strange that T-38's would be doing a "mapping" run, but reading the posts above I think it is awesome that they plan on flying it over the DC area (over the mall is tremendous).

What a great event, too bad it has to come due to the shuttles being retired.

Just wondering, now that the shuttles will never go back to space, why can't they fly through rain? Would the rain damage the exterior visibly? Its not like they will ever need the heat protection again.

Edited for the rain question.

[Edited 2012-04-06 13:23:59]

User currently offlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3592 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 12894 times:
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Quoting n92r03 (Reply 13):
Just wondering, now that the shuttles will never go back to space, why can't they fly through rain? Would the rain damage the exterior visibly? Its not like they will ever need the heat protection again.

Rain will erode the tiles. Why fly it thru rain if they don't have to?



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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1317 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 12890 times:
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Quoting n92r03 (Reply 13):
Just wondering, now that the shuttles will never go back to space, why can't they fly through rain? Would the rain damage the exterior visibly? Its not like they will ever need the heat protection again.

The real reason is that the thermal blankets will absorb water and the SCA will have a wet heavier orbiter than it took off with. It is approximated the change in weight will be considerable enough to effect the flight dynamics of the SCA/orbiter configuration.

 



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User currently offlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3592 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 12868 times:
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Quoting eksath (Reply 15):
The real reason is that the thermal blankets will absorb water and the SCA will have a wet heavier orbiter than it took off with. It is approximated the change in weight will be considerable enough to effect the flight dynamics of the SCA/orbiter configuration.

Interesting, I've never heard that explanation. Seems odd then that the shuttle can sit out on the pad, in Florida humidity, in thunderstorms, and for months at a time, without ill effect. I'd think that after sitting thru a FL thundershower, blankets would be popping off in orbit as all that absorbed water turned to steam.

NASA explains it this way:

How come planes can fly in the rain but something as advanced as a shuttle can't?

I can understand why you would ask that question. The shuttle cannot fly in the rain because those tiny little water droplets of rain when they hit a tile and the shuttle is traveling at say 300, 400, Mach 2, at those kinds of speeds, it acts almost like a bullet hitting that tile. The tiles are very brittle and fragile on their outside, so they can't stand to hit raindrops going at high speeds. So I can understand why you'd be confused about this very high-tech thing that can't do something as simple as fly through the rain. But that's why we can't do it.


http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlig...sts/shuttle/sts111/shuttle_qa.html

Tiles rain tested on WP-3A showed damage:

http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/P-3/HTML/EC87-0035-001.html

[Edited 2012-04-06 16:08:02]


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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1317 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 12858 times:
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Quoting zanl188 (Reply 16):
NASA explains it this way:

The info you cite is referring to a flight orbiter. Discovery is no longer a flight orbiter. It is a museum artifact.

There are two rules that apply to SCA+ orbiter + rain. The rule you mention is no longer in operation. A heavy orbiter due to water absorption is the one that is now effecting the flight.



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User currently offlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3592 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 12852 times:
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Quoting eksath (Reply 17):
There are two rules that apply to SCA+ orbiter + rain. The rule you mention is no longer in operation. A heavy orbiter due to water absorption is the one that is now effecting the flight.

So there would magically be no damage to the tiles simply because they are museum artifacts and not flight hardware?

Are they changing out all the "flight" tiles for "museum artifact" tiles? Why not do the same for the blankets?

Check out the test report on how the tiles play with rain in flight:

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/ca...asa.gov/19880011857_1988011857.pdf

[Edited 2012-04-06 17:08:08]


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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1317 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 12828 times:
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Quoting zanl188 (Reply 18):
So there would magically be no damage to the tiles simply because they are museum artifacts and not flight hardware?

Are they changing out all the "flight" tiles for "museum artifact" tiles? Why not do the same for the blankets?

Check out the test report on how the tiles play with rain in flight:

Immaterial as TPS tests that would not have been done if they were flight orbiters have already been done. Preservation of an immaculate TPS has not been a priority and they are not in the flight state anymore either.

The wet blankets would effect the center of gravity and weight of the load carried by the SCA hence the precautions. They are not trying to save the blankets but dealing with operational details.

For the safety of the SCA, flight crew and the completion of the mission, the limiting factor is the water collection. There has been enough grievous damage/museum preparation done to Discovery already hence damage to the TPS would be a minor issue.

http://www.nycaviation.com/2012/03/p...cation-of-space-shuttle-discovery/

A few missing/cracked tiles is not going to make or break the display and the general public would never know the difference once replica tiles are put in place.



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User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 12810 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 9):
Wonder what would be the best viewing point?

1R - Kmart parking lot in Chantilly.
19L - Exxon station on Old Ox Road just west of Highway 28.
Please note you can't see the actual landing, but it will be flying low over these points.

1C/19C, 1L/19R The roof of the west side parking garage. (I saw the very first A380 landing at IAD from there.)

If I get the day off I will drive up there for this event.


User currently offlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3592 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 12731 times:
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Quoting eksath (Reply 19):
Immaterial as TPS tests that would not have been done if they were flight orbiters have already been done. Preservation of an immaculate TPS has not been a priority and they are not in the flight state anymore either.

The wet blankets would effect the center of gravity and weight of the load carried by the SCA hence the precautions. They are not trying to save the blankets but dealing with operational details.

For the safety of the SCA, flight crew and the completion of the mission, the limiting factor is the water collection. There has been enough grievous damage/museum preparation done to Discovery already hence damage to the TPS would be a minor issue.

http://www.nycaviation.com/2012/03/p...cation-of-space-shuttle-discovery/

A few missing/cracked tiles is not going to make or break the display and the general public would never know the difference once replica tiles are put in place.

Nice article, great photos. by eksath BTW. Says nothing about flying the SCA/Orbiter combo thru rain. Nor does it explain how these blankets can sit on the pad for months on end, absorbing loads of water with no effect, yet rain must be avoided to avoid water absorption by the blankets during flight on the SCA.

The reason they avoid rain is to prevent erosion of the tiles...



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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1317 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 12475 times:
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Quoting zanl188 (Reply 21):
Nice article, great photos. by eksath BTW. Says nothing about flying the SCA/Orbiter combo thru rain. Nor does it explain how these blankets can sit on the pad for months on end, absorbing loads of water with no effect, yet rain must be avoided to avoid water absorption by the blankets during flight on the SCA.

Thanks. The reason i posted the article is to point out that the Discovery is now an artifact. Most people are unaware of the extent of the process.

Quoting zanl188 (Reply 21):
The reason they avoid rain is to prevent erosion of the tiles...

You seem as confident and dogmatic about this point as when you claimed the three OPF were going to be torn down until that was proven otherwise. Feel free to believe your point however i feel the same liberty to inform the public of the other reasons as well.  
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 9):
They are not going to go around the airport for the pleasure of all in the passenger terminals are they?

I highly doubt that. They will probably do a flyby of the airport.ATC usually requests this. Though, it may not be done if that will mess up the pattern.

Quoting wagz (Reply 8):
At least if the weather forecast looks bad from a couple days out I may still be able to cancel my hotel room.

I will post info as soon as i am aware.

Quoting captainstefan (Reply 10):
Will they plan to use Runway 1R/19L only, in order to minimize taxiing?

I will talk to the flight crew about which runway they plan to land on. In the operational days, this kinda of info (including routing) was classified. I am not sure if it can be released even now. I will check. SCA arrival at KSC is tomorrow afternoon around 530pm EST (that is not classified)  



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User currently offlinemichiganatc From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 12380 times:

Thank you, eksath, for the information and updates. I am sure there are many of us following this post for your information  

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Reply 24, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 12304 times:

Won't be able to make the trip across the Atlantic this time. sigh....

I hope all of you who will be there will gratify us with lots of beautiful pictures and videos.

My beautiful friend Concorde F-BVFA will have a very famous Space Shuttle new neighbour.

        



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 25, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 12367 times:

You are correct michiganatc, yes thank you eksath for the updates. I plan on going to watch them leave the cape as i only live 30 min away. Ive watched them come in before always impressive.


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Reply 26, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 12273 times:
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Update 1:

I had a long discussion with the flight crew and here is a quick summary.

1. Wheels up from KSC at 0700H on 04/17 (assuming everything else goes on schedule,etc). Direction of takeoff will be determined in the morning. 10000 feet of runway is required. A south takeoff is preferred as she will not waste time doing the turn to fly over the beach and visitor center.
2. Flyby of Cocoa Beach etc. at 1500ft.
3. Passing SR 520, she will aim for the KSC visitor center - Rocket Garden.
4. Will continue with flyby of VAB and straight down the runway- South to North direction at 250 ft.
5. Pathfinder will be the NASA DC-9 Vomit Comet.
6. A NASA T-38 will be the photo chase
7. Fly by of Dulles. (all factors staying constant as planned currently)
8. Landing has been requested by the Smithsonian on 1R (it will be that if nothing comes up)
9. Mall flyby (subject to operational reasons).


I will update and add/change info as the days progress.



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User currently offlineEagleboy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 27, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 12148 times:
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Wonderful info, thanks very much for that. Glad to see NASA/Smithsonian taking the opportunity to make a BIG DEAL about this flight.

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Reply 28, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 12131 times:
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Thanks for the information Suresh.

I'm not sure if you can get this information from the crew, but assuming IAD is on the 19s will the SCA still land 1R (unless of course the tailwind component is above operational limits)? Weather forecasts show a cold front approaching for Tuesday evening so I suspect winds may be out of the SW ahead of the front. If the arrival date gets pushed back a day or two due to that front, I would assume NW winds Wednesday and maybe Thursday behind the cold front.



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Reply 29, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 11963 times:
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Quoting wagz (Reply 28):

I'm not sure if you can get this information from the crew, but assuming IAD is on the 19s will the SCA still land 1R (unless of course the tailwind component is above operational limits)?

The flight engineer told me that in the scenario you mention, it will be based upon how this would mess up the pattern. i.e. if it can be done without difficulty, then it would be done. I would assume ATC has been planning for this hence they will be ready to bring her in on 1R (if everything else is within operational limits)

Quoting wagz (Reply 28):
If the arrival date gets pushed back a day or two due to that front, I would assume NW winds Wednesday and maybe Thursday behind the cold front.

As of a few minutes ago, everything seems to be on track. Discovery just pulled in to the demate device. So the schedule is holding. The more technical part (i.e. lift and mate ) start about now.

fingers crossed for a smooth work flow.



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Reply 30, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 11944 times:
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Quoting eksath (Reply 29):
The flight engineer told me that in the scenario you mention, it will be based upon how this would mess up the pattern. i.e. if it can be done without difficulty, then it would be done. I would assume ATC has been planning for this hence they will be ready to bring her in on 1R (if everything else is within operational limits)

I'm sure IAD Tower and Potomac Tracon have everything worked out. I'm an ATC up at PHL and we bend over backwards for special operations all the time. Just last week we had to pull arrivals off the localizer for a C130 flying over the Phillies home opener.

I was just checking the NWS tabular forecast for Tuesday (not that its likely very accurate right now) and oddly enough the SW winds shift late Monday evening to the W and eventually WNW by Tuesday morning. Tuesday's high temperature has also been cut by 10º or more, so it seems as if there's already some sort of frontal passage Monday evening now.



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Reply 31, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 11917 times:
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Quick post from my phone

Weather hold at KSC.reevaluate at 1530H to see if work can go on through the night or start tomorrow.this is effecting ops.



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User currently offlineSSTeve From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 733 posts, RR: 2
Reply 32, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 11927 times:

Updates here, too:
http://spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/ferry/status.html


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Reply 33, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 11846 times:
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Uploaded some upclose pictures of the SCA N905NA to my flickr account. They can be seen with the following link.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/suresh_atapattu/

This was after her arrival to pick up Discovery this week.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 34, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 11768 times:

Shuttle Discovery Leaves VAB For Final Time Ahead of Flight on 747

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-mY_Sdmo7U&feature=player_embedded#!

     



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 35, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 11723 times:

Quoting eksath (Reply 33):
Uploaded some upclose pictures of the SCA N905NA to my flickr account. They can be seen with the following link.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/suresh_...attu/

Excellent pictures Suresh, thanks for sharing! Nice to see some details that the public is not normally privy to.



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Reply 36, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 11619 times:

Decisions, decisions. I'm torn between going down to Gravelly Point to catch the DC Mall flyover or heading to the Udvar-Hazy parking lot to see it come in at IAD.


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User currently offlinen92r03 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 37, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 11535 times:

Eksath,
Thank you so much for the updates, we all appreciate them, great pics as well.

What is the best place to view the fly-by on departure. I'm in Florida and thinking about making the drive early in the morning. Any/all suggestions would be appreciated.


User currently offlinegatorman96 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 874 posts, RR: 0
Reply 38, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 11518 times:

Quoting WestWing (Reply 36):
Decisions, decisions. I'm torn between going down to Gravelly Point to catch the DC Mall flyover or heading to the Udvar-Hazy parking lot to see it come in at IAD.

That is a tough one, but if you come to IAD, you are guaranteed to see the SCA. Any type of operational setback and they will scrap the flyover. I work in Chantilly so my job did the decision making for me...



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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11581 posts, RR: 52
Reply 39, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 11512 times:

Quoting eksath (Reply 26):
9. Mall flyby (subject to operational reasons).

If this thing happens, do you have any knowledge of where along The Mall the pair will fly? I work on The Mall near the Capitol, and I'd be surprised if it got up that far, so where do I need to go to see it?

And what are the odds that the Mall flyby is scrapped altogether?

Finally, what time is the pair supposed to arrive in DC?



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User currently offlinemichiganatc From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 40, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 11524 times:

Well, there is no turning back for me now. Booked my flight, hotel and car rental for tomorrow. This thing better happen!!!
 


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 41, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 11513 times:

Quoting D L X (Reply 39):
Finally, what time is the pair supposed to arrive in DC?

The SCA flies much slower and lower than a conventional commercial flight does.

http://twitpic.com/9a8jag#OV103

According to the NASA TV schedule coverage of the departure will start at 6:45am eastern. The flyover is expected between 10 and 11 am eastern.

  

Chart of IAD Washington Dulles including taxiways.

http://aeronav.faa.gov/d-tpp/1204/05100AD.PDF

This Washington Post article has a cute animation

Discovery space shuttle's last trek

After a year of decommissioning, NASA's space shuttle Discovery will make her final flight, to Dulles International Airport — site of the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center — on the morning of April 17, weather permitting.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv...t/discovery-space-shuttle/?hpid=z5

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[Edited 2012-04-16 07:58:34]


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User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1331 posts, RR: 6
Reply 42, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 11425 times:

Quoting D L X (Reply 39):
If this thing happens, do you have any knowledge of where along The Mall the pair will fly? I work on The Mall near the Capitol, and I'd be surprised if it got up that far, so where do I need to go to see it?

An article in the Washington Post (sorry, no link as it was in the printed edition) listed both the National Mall and Capitol as sites planned for the flyby, as well as DCA, Andrews AFB and the National Harbor. My guess is that it will be visible from anywhere within that area. I work near the Washington Monument and plan to watch them from Constitution Ave. Hope it all goes as planned!


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 43, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 11421 times:

Quoting n92r03 (Reply 37):
What is the best place to view the fly-by on departure. I'm in Florida and thinking about making the drive early in the morning. Any/all suggestions would be appreciated.

I'm going. In the past I've parked on State Hwy 402 Max Brewer Parkway (the east west road just north of the runway) and got some great shots. Tomorrow I'm going to the KSC Visitors Center since eksath said they want a southerly departure and the winds are favoring that tomorrow (e/se at 5 knts), which means you'll see the SCA fly close on its outbound path and then directly overhead on its way out. The visitors center opens at 5am tomorrow (I called them to confirm) just for this event and it looks to be the prime non badged spot so that's where I'll be.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 44, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 11387 times:

Quoting Charles79 (Reply 42):
An article in the Washington Post (sorry, no link as it was in the printed edition)

It's all here

Posted at 06:40 AM ET, 04/16/2012
Shuttle Discovery coming Tuesday, send us your pics

NASA says they hope to fly Discovery at about 1,500 feet over the Mall, Reagan National Airport and National Harbor. It may also be seen from the Old Town Alexandria waterfront; Long Bridge Park, located between I-395 and the railroad tracks near Crystal City and Gravelly Point; and off the George Washington Parkway, near National Airport.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...cs/2012/04/16/gIQArjb2KT_blog.html

I hope those on site will get us some pictures.

Any idea what the flight number is going to be?

I would like to track the flight on Flightaware.

  



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User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 45, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 11258 times:

Will be going to Udvar Hazy to try and get some pictures. The parking lot opens at 8 and I expect there to be a LOT of traffic.

Will be monitoring closely and will try and post pictures here if I manage to get any.

Wish me luck!


User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1317 posts, RR: 25
Reply 46, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 11280 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
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Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 44):
Any idea what the flight number is going to be?

I would like to track the flight on Flightaware.

The pathfinder aircraft is N932NA a.k.a the Vomit Comet

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Suresh A. Atapattu


She arrived this morning. You can track her

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NASA932

The SCA is "NASA905"

There is one T-38 s as photo chase. There were two sitting on the ramp today. They are

NASA923
NASA907

Other may arrive too. I will know in the morning but i may be too busy to post this data then. I have one final date with Discovery at about 5 am. One last good bye to an old friend.My time with her will be over and probably my last pictures of her will be over the SLF.

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 43):
Tomorrow I'm going to the KSC Visitors Center since eksath said they want a southerly departure and the winds are favoring that tomorrow (e/se at 5 knts), which means you'll see the SCA fly close on its outbound path and then directly overhead on its way out.

South departure is now confirmed as per flight meeting.

She will depart 15 make a left turn over the NASA industrial area,KSC HQ, Causeway,CCAF,Port of Carneveral,Cocoa Beach,PAFB,KSC Visitor Center,SLF...and so long.

It was a sight as she got backed out. Engine start tomorrow will be emotional. I hope i can take the pictures.



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User currently offlinemichiganatc From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 47, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 11227 times:

I was told that it is going to do a low pass on 1R at IAD and then circle to land 19L. But I see the wind is forcasted out of the NNW at 12kts, so I doubt that will happen.

User currently offlineaislepathlight From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 48, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 11198 times:

Haven't been on the board in a long time, but love that I can get in the fantastic inside information here. I go to school in DC, so hopefully I can drag some of my friends with really nice cameras out to help document what proves to be a wonderful day.


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User currently offlinecaptainstefan From United States of America, joined May 2007, 433 posts, RR: 0
Reply 49, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 11117 times:

Quoting michiganatc (Reply 47):
I was told that it is going to do a low pass on 1R at IAD and then circle to land 19L. But I see the wind is forcasted out of the NNW at 12kts, so I doubt that will happen.

Would love to see that, gear up and clean winged. Fat chance at all that though, I'll take what I can get!



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 50, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 11051 times:

Quoting eksath (Reply 46):

Thank you for your vaulable input.

For those who cannot make the trip to the Washington DC area you can follow the event live

NASA HD TV online

http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

  

BlueElephant, I am happy to see you here! Please bring us some good pictures! Enjoy the experience!

I did not know you was a Space Shuttle buff! They were faster than F1 for sure!
There was no chance our friends on wheels would ever be able to catch up with that kind of speed!

F1 will never come close.

Nothing more exciting than attending a Space Shuttle launch at KSC with a causeway view for us humble souls! Gone but never forgotten.

RIP Space Shuttle Discovery

  



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 51, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 10972 times:

Tower, this is Discovery requesting a fly-by,

Discovery, Tower, Roger, the pattern is wide open...

G_dSpeed 905/Discovery! Have a safe flight to IAD!!!

Will post my screenshots later today

  

  


It seems that NASA905 is not available on Flightaware. Would they be using a different call sign or have they blocked it for security reasons?

NASA923 T-38 is active, but thats it

 Wow!

[Edited 2012-04-17 04:40:56]


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User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1652 posts, RR: 2
Reply 52, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 10982 times:

I will say that over the years that I've watched NASA-TV they have never lost the nack for cutting from a great camera angle to cruddy angle. The fly over of the Visitor Complex was true to form.
Good thing they always seem to pull something great together in postproduction using all the raw footage.
Can't wait to see her land at IAD.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 53, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 10964 times:

Any help with ATC stations for tracking the combo most appreciated.

Call sign for the flight: PLUTO 95.

Thanks


  

now on KSAV

http://www.liveatc.net/flisten.php?mount=ksav&icao=ksav

reporting 10 miles S of airport now.

  

[Edited 2012-04-17 05:08:20]


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User currently offlinejollo From Italy, joined Aug 2011, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 54, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 10937 times:

Quoting eksath (Reply 46):
One last good bye to an old friend.My time with her will be over and probably my last pictures of her will be over the SLF.

A good time as any to thank you for the awsome pictures you posted here over the years: you made us proud and a little more familiar with that glorious achievement of mankind that your "old friend" has been. Your passion made us feel like a distant "part of the family" too . Don't be too sad: every good thing has to go, and the next step will be another adventure.

Thanks a million for sharing.


User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 55, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 10694 times:

Does anybody know what frequency she will be on over DC?

User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 56, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10567 times:

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 55):


try 124.65 for the Potomac approach freq
let us know if it works. thanks



KIAD NOTAMS Update:

04/135 (A0801/12) - TWY W4 CLSD. 17 APR 14:00 2012 UNTIL 17 APR 22:00 2012. CREATED: 17 APR 11:48 2012

04/134 (A0802/12) - APRON B CLSD. 17 APR 14:00 2012 UNTIL 17 APR 22:00 2012. CREATED: 17 APR 11:47 2012

04/133 (A0800/12) - TWY J CLSD SOUTH OF TWY F. 17 APR 11:38 2012 UNTIL 17 APR 15:00 2012. CREATED:17 APR 11:38 2012

  



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 57, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10558 times:

Larry Van Horn @MilcomMP

NASA 905 with Discovery and NASA 923 are northbound to DC. Confirmed they are using 235.400 MHz (AM) for Air-Air comms.



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User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1652 posts, RR: 2
Reply 58, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10517 times:

NASA-TV now LIVE at Dullas


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 59, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10526 times:

We are hearing they may be 30 minutes ahead of schedule.

  

Ronsmytheiii
We are picking them up on 235.40 on scanner at Dulles

 airplane   alert 

[Edited 2012-04-17 06:26:14]


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User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1331 posts, RR: 6
Reply 60, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10511 times:

Quoting Sinlock (Reply 58):
NASA-TV now LIVE at Dullas

I'm watching the feed but I don't have sound (old computer at work)...what's the estimated time for her to do the flyby around the Nat Mall? Any updates?


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 61, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10486 times:

KIAD says
airport shut down for Discovery



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User currently offlinecontrails15 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 62, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10449 times:

Where do you think they'll fly into for the Intrepid delivery?


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User currently offlineMainland From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 63, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10427 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 61):
KIAD says
airport shut down for Discovery

Inbound arrivals starting to circle to the west of IAD



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 64, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10445 times:

Quoting contrails15 (Reply 62):
Where do you think they'll fly into for the Intrepid delivery?

Please open a different thread for this. We need to stay on topic.

Today is Discovery's landing at IAD.



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User currently offlineTherock401 From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 65, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10419 times:

NASA TV has PLUTO 95 heavy in sight and Washington Approach patched through on their sound feed.

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/discovery/index.html


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 66, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10273 times:

Listen to the KIAD live aTC feed while you look at images on NASATV

http://www.liveatc.net/flisten.php?mount=kiad3&icao=kiad

  

TV feed interrupted looks like shuttle combo might be out of range?



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User currently offlineGalaxy5007 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 628 posts, RR: 0
Reply 67, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10249 times:

Does anyone know what NASA flight is actually going into IAD? Every one I pull up is going to Alabama or Texas...(on flightaware)

User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 68, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 10238 times:

Quoting Galaxy5007 (Reply 67):

They are not on Flightaware.


  



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 69, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 10239 times:

City flyover li ve on CNN

http://edition.cnn.com/video/flashLi...live.html?stream=stream1&hpt=hp_c2



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User currently offlineredzeppelin From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 70, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 10051 times:

Perhaps this is a silly question, but are any of the orbiter's control surfaces active during ferry flights?


Flown: DL,OS,NZ,UN,VV,NW,AA,UA,HP,TZ,AS,AF,KL,SK,WS,AZ,OK; op by OO,MQ,XJ,9E,G7,EV,QX,RP
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 71, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 10049 times:

Quoting redzeppelin (Reply 70):

Not this time. I understand that Discovery has been stripped out of a lot of cockpit equipment. The engines have been taken out also.



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User currently offlineTPA36R From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 72, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 10022 times:

On final 01R. Pluto 98 (t-38) is fuel critical.

User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3047 posts, RR: 9
Reply 73, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 9998 times:

Sigh...

WJLA, fire every one of your camera operators.


I anxiously watched every bit, but seeing it in the air but no longer functional gives it an odd "Weekend at Bernie's" feel. Makes it sad and a little hard to watch.

[Edited 2012-04-17 08:23:49]


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User currently offlinegatorman96 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 874 posts, RR: 0
Reply 74, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 9951 times:

That was something special. Two fly by's over DC and IAD 1R! The pilots had no interest in landing whatsoever. Will post some pics a little later from both locations...


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User currently offlineJOshu From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 75, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 9915 times:

That was awesome. I completely forgot about it until I looked up in the sky and could not make sense of what was flying overhead. Then it dawned on me in the Costco parking lot what it was and a feeling of sadness and slight frustration with the whole government budget overcame me.

Edited for words.

[Edited 2012-04-17 08:48:13]

User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 76, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9814 times:

Truly a sad day.

The End of an Era.

From Space Shuttle work horse to lifeless prestigious object in a museum.

Our beautiful Air France Concorde F-BVFA will now have a most illustrious neighbour down the next hall.

RIP Space Shuttle Discovery.

Long may she live her new life at the National Air and Space Museum at Washington Dulles airport.

  



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User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 77, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9872 times:

Just got back from Udvar Hazy, the place was completely full by about 9am. We got two flybys one straight over head and one straight down 1R, followed by a big loop, and then landing full stop.

The aircraft is parked on the ramp closest to Udvar Hazy near the threshold of Runway 30.

Pics to come.


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 78, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9810 times:

Made it down the Visitors Center just as she was taking off to the south, after her run down the beach she came directly overhead as planned, circled the VAB and did a final low pass down the runway headed north. The DC-9 was doing orbits just west of the runway and a T-38 was off the left wing. NASA Huey was circling the complex as well.

Always simply amazing to see that combo in flight, breathtaking.

Thanks a million for all the updates and info eksath, it was invaluable!

Here's a couple of my shots:

http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/9933/picture017zw.jpg

http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/7060/picture024tk.jpg

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/9274/picture027cg.jpg

[Edited 2012-04-17 10:15:48]


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User currently offlinecaptainstefan From United States of America, joined May 2007, 433 posts, RR: 0
Reply 79, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9776 times:

Absolutely unreal. There was a crowd of pedestrians after they closed the parking lot that gathered at the entrance/off-ramp from Hwy 28 probably a few thousand strong. Police had their hands full but did an excellent job keeping media separate and in front.


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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11581 posts, RR: 52
Reply 80, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9777 times:

In DC and Alexandria, people slammed on the brakes near National Airport and the 14th Street Bridge complex (freeways!!) to watch the Shuttle fly over. I snagged some pictures, which I will edit and post this evening. They're not great, but they are history.


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User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 81, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9757 times:

Of course my pictures aren't good enough to make it onto Anet, but I do have the raw images if someone would let to help me get them on here.

Taken fro Udvar Hazy.

Enjoy!


Right over the parking lot about 500 feet.


Second pass low flyby Runway 1R


Gear down final approach


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 82, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9731 times:

Great pictures all of you.

Thank you for posting them. Bring in more!

I am more modest as I could not make the trip.

Must have taken over 100 screen shots I took from NASA TV HD and the city flyover on CNN when NASA TV was off broadcasting limits.

What an event!

You can still see the SCA/Discovery combo on the runway with activity around her and airplanes going by the runway quite close. Just saw a British Airways 777. Don't have any idea if they are taking off and landing.

Must be an eerie sight for those with window seats on the proper side of the airplanes.

http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

     



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User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2468 posts, RR: 5
Reply 83, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9692 times:

Am I the only one that thinks the combination of the 747 and Space Shuttle actually looks like they were designed for each other? I mean, they look like they were meant to be that way.   


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User currently onlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2404 posts, RR: 10
Reply 84, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9599 times:

I agree, PC12Fan, the combination looks good together. It's been so long I don't remember, but I imagine part of the design critera for the shuttle was to be able to fit on a 747 (or other similar carrier aircraft) for transport. If so, they really were made to be that way.


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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2124 posts, RR: 1
Reply 85, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 9555 times:

Quoting PC12Fan (Reply 83):
Am I the only one that thinks the combination of the 747 and Space Shuttle actually looks like they were designed for each other? I mean, they look like they were meant to be that way.   

I agree they look great together but I think that is a very lucky coincidence. The SCA Combo does look much more aesthetically pleasing than the AN-225/Buran combo, though I do like them both.



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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1317 posts, RR: 25
Reply 86, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9493 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
ARTICLE EDITOR

Quoting HaveBlue (Reply 78):

Thanks a million for all the updates and info eksath, it was invaluable!

Here's a couple of my shots:

Glad my info helped! I got atleast one picture of the SCA/103 and the Visitor center. The pass was high but after the 360 to align with the runway, i had a decent shot. I will go through my pictures of the last few days and start posting them as i process them

In the meantime, you might want to check this one out as it has the visitor center.


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Suresh A. Atapattu



Others,

Immediately after takeoff on 15

View Large View Medium
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Photo © Suresh A. Atapattu


and the into the sun shot.


View Large View Medium
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Photo © Suresh A. Atapattu




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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 87, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9477 times:

Eksath you are always in the right place at the right time at KSC.

I doubt any other Anetter could ever get as close to the orbiters as you did.

Lucky you!

There are indeed some great pictures appearing on A.net.

This one struck my attention.

http://www.airliners.net/photo/NASA/...d=c6c29bbc128c45e05a823becb0c9f2cb

I am sure there will be many more.

  



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User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2465 posts, RR: 5
Reply 88, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9470 times:

Wow I can't believe that I didn't find out until now that this was happening today. I wish I was there to see it, but given the fact that I'm currently enrolled in school on the other side of the country that idea probably never would've been realistic.   When is Endeavour supposed to be ferried over to California?


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 89, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9463 times:

Quoting mke717spotter (Reply 88):
When is Endeavour supposed to be ferried over to California?

I think September but will have to double check tomorrow.


  



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User currently offlinewagz From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 517 posts, RR: 15
Reply 90, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 9379 times:
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Well, here's my addition from the day's fun at IAD.


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Thanks to the screeners for the very fast response on the priority screening. Also, very special thanks to Suresh for his thorough updates on this thread and his top notch photos from today and throughout the Space Shuttle program. I look forward to your and everyone else's photos from this historic day.

I unfortunately missed the first low approach while I was stuck in traffic on Hwy 50 about 1/2 mile or so east of Hwy 28. I caught a glimpse of something large and white with another white something on top of it while sitting at a red light behind a large SUV. I never expected there to be quite that many people at IAD, so my drive from Philadelphia took a little over 4.5 hours (a tad over 3 hours going home after getting lunch). I managed to park on the shoulder of Hwy 28 with the other throngs of spectators and then hoof it half a mile up some ramps and on to the Air and Space Museum parkway overpass. The view of the second low approach there was spectacular and almost completely unobstructed. I had to upload that shot from the full stop since the T38 chase plane unexpectedly and perfectly lined up in my viewfinder (they were wider/higher for the low approach and well out of frame).



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User currently onlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1671 posts, RR: 4
Reply 91, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9162 times:

What is being done with 905NA when the shuttles are at their new homes? I know that 911NA is being used for parts for SOFIA. I'd love to see her parked next to Atlantis, but I know that won't happen.

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Reply 92, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9020 times:
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Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 91):
What is being done with 905NA when the shuttles are at their new homes? I know that 911NA is being used for parts for SOFIA. I'd love to see her parked next to Atlantis, but I know that won't happen.

Marc

She will become the flight proficiency aircraft for the SOPFIA crew. This is because they dont want to risk the SOFIA aircraft with all her expensive equipment on board for flight training.

She will also be used on follow on NASA projects as they come into fruition. Also, she will be rented out. Already she has been used twice by Boeing to transfer their Phantom Ray UAV from factory to testing location.

905NA has relatively low time and low cycles unfortunately with her weight issue, i doubt no one would want to buy her.

Somewhere, i have her details and will dig them up.



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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1317 posts, RR: 25
Reply 93, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9022 times:
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I have not really had time to go through my pictures but here is a small sample:

At engine start in the morning at KSC. The calm before the storm
http://www.iloveplanets.com/SCA/4A6U1983ZzCP5.jpg


The T-38 photo chase heads out the threshold. It took of a few mins before 905. This is the ramp at KSC. The DC-9 is the pathfinder.

The hanger in the foreground was used for the Columbia reconstruction hence the STS-107 mission logo is on the front of the building. This is where they brought her back to.

http://www.iloveplanets.com/SCA/4A6U1983ZzCP91.jpg

Rotating with the NASA security helicopter waiting to meet her.

http://www.iloveplanets.com/SCA/4A6U1983ZzCP92.jpg


I put a few more on my flickr site and will continue to update that site over the next few days as i process more of the pictures.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/suresh_atapattu/?saved=1



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User currently offlineNoWorries From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 94, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 8956 times:

I was at work and missed it. My wife, who has -zero- interest in the space program, said that she saw it while walking the dog -- "It flew right over our house, really slow and low" she reported. We live about 5 miles roughly south of 1R. Oh well ...

User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3592 posts, RR: 0
Reply 95, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8899 times:
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Quoting eksath (Reply 92):
905NA has relatively low time and low cycles unfortunately with her weight issue, i doubt no one would want to buy her.

911NA had really racked up the cycles while flying domestically with JAL, not surprised at all that she retired first.

I haven't checked, however I believe 905NA has got to be one of the oldest 747s still flying.

Quoting eksath (Reply 93):
At engine start in the morning at KSC. The calm before the storm

Great shots as usual!



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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3592 posts, RR: 0
Reply 96, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8909 times:
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Anybody that's a shuttle fanboy (and I count myself in this category) should check out Wayne Hales blog now that Discovery is in the hands of the Smithsonian...

Mr Hale was the Space Shuttle Program manager during the post Columbia accident stand down and his words are telling.

http://waynehale.wordpress.com/



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Reply 97, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8888 times:
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Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 95):
I haven't checked, however I believe 905NA has got to be one of the oldest 747s still flying.

It may be but it does not have that much use (in my opinion). I looked over her numbers the other day and it was low. Again, i am not an expert on commercial jets.

Anybody have any idea how many cycles and airframe hours a comparable 747 would have done upto now (assuming it was still flying)? Anybody know the numbers on current 747s,too? I would be very interested in these numbers as it would give me a reference point.

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 95):
Great shots as usual!

Thanks.



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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1317 posts, RR: 25
Reply 98, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 8898 times:
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Quoting wagz (Reply 90):
Well, here's my addition from the day's fun at IAD.

Well done! nice shot. i hear Pluto98 went fuel critical at the end   Not surprised, she had a busy day....



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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3592 posts, RR: 0
Reply 99, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8868 times:
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Quoting eksath (Reply 97):
It may be but it does not have that much use (in my opinion). I looked over her numbers the other day and it was low. Again, i am not an expert on commercial jets.

NASA bought her when she was still young and didn't fly her nearly as strenously as an airline would. I suspect her airline sisters would either be scrapped or have a 100000+ plus hours.



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Reply 100, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8793 times:
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Quoting eksath (Reply 26):
Direction of takeoff will be determined in the morning. 10000 feet of runway is required.

She rotated right on target. This is exactly what i was told by the flight crew about 6 days before! This picture shows the rotation point marker.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/suresh_atapattu/6943866122/in/photostream

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 99):
I suspect her airline sisters would either be scrapped or have a 100000+ plus hours.

You are correct. 905 has no where near these numbers!



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User currently offlineSSTeve From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 733 posts, RR: 2
Reply 101, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 8732 times:

Quoting eksath (Reply 100):
You are correct. 905 has no where near these numbers!

I'm guessing 300 flights in 30 years, rather than the 20000 flights you'd see in airline service.

[Edited 2012-04-18 17:45:54]

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Reply 102, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8731 times:
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Quoting eksath (Reply 98):
i hear Pluto98 went fuel critical at the end Not surprised, she had a busy day....

Pluto 98 even had an extra tank. Pluto 99 didn’t and landed about half-an-hour before the other.

Pluto 99 (N955NA) final for runway 1R:


Pluto 98 (N967NA) final for runway 30:


Here's a photo I snapped of the crowd that was gathered at the closed Udvar-Hazy exit just as the shuttle left my field of view. I liked how we ended up on that side of the action, we had the sun on our side (kind-of).
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7250/6946219616_3936cdf388_b.jpg

[Edited 2012-04-18 20:18:31]

User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3592 posts, RR: 0
Reply 103, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 8653 times:
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Quoting Kiffy (Reply 102):
Pluto 98 even had an extra tank

That's a travel pod - used for baggage, extra gear, etc. No fuel.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 104, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8600 times:

What a joyful ceremony at the IAD NASM today to welcome Shuttle Discovery to her new home!

There was quite a flurry of Astronauts who all flew on board Discovery including Mr. Senator Astronaut John Glenn and many other remarkable ladies and gentlemen mission specialists, pilots and Shuttle Commanders - with Senator Glenn noting that Discovery was retired prematurely during his speech in front of the public and invited guests.

Shuttle Discovery could find no better place than the IAD NASM for her retirement.

  



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User currently offlinecaptainstefan From United States of America, joined May 2007, 433 posts, RR: 0
Reply 105, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8504 times:

Quoting Kiffy (Reply 102):

Pluto98 landed runway 1C. The local controller had offered 30 to begin with but as he turned over the off-ramp to the museum local cleared him to land 1C instead. Beats me as to why, maybe for wind- it was 350@15 when I checked the AWOS moments after.



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User currently offlinegatorman96 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 874 posts, RR: 0
Reply 106, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 8459 times:

Here are a few pics from the events this week. They are cell phone shots and the ones over DC are especially bad, but it was pretty cool to see the SCA over Capitol Hill. Don't let the Anet mods see these. I may get perma-banned...

Photos



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User currently offlinegatorman96 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 874 posts, RR: 0
Reply 107, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 8456 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 103):
Quoting Kiffy (Reply 102):
Pluto 98 even had an extra tank

That's a travel pod - used for baggage, extra gear, etc. No fuel.

Seriously? I'm not doubting you, but why not just carry that in the SCA? Seems like the chase planes would want to be a light as possible...



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Reply 108, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8455 times:

Quoting gatorman96 (Reply 107):
Seriously? I'm not doubting you, but why not just carry that in the SCA? Seems like the chase planes would want to be a light as possible...

Yes, that is a travel pod - the T-38 is not equipped to carry an external fuel tank. Usually, the pilots will carry their overnight bag and such in it. They may not have had the same itinerary as the SCA, so they carried their own bags. Plus, I heard NASA charges a checked bag fee on the SCA... 



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Reply 109, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8443 times:
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Quoting gatorman96 (Reply 107):
Seriously? I'm not doubting you, but why not just carry that in the SCA? Seems like the chase planes would want to be a light as possible...

Doing so would be an invitation for Murphy to strike! Can you imagine if the T-38 had to divert to an airport that could not accept the SCA? Poor T-38 pilot would be stuck in his flight suit, possibly for several days... Plus, as Moose points out, the 2 aircraft may not even be on the same itinerary...

[Edited 2012-04-20 06:33:32]


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Reply 110, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8440 times:
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It makes scene, so N955NA wasn't carrying one because she arrived from Robins AFB as NASA967 the night before...

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Reply 111, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8412 times:

ZANL188 and Moose135, great points. Thanks!


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User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1317 posts, RR: 25
Reply 112, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8372 times:
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Quoting Kiffy (Reply 102):
Pluto 99 (N955NA) final for runway 1R:
Quoting Kiffy (Reply 102):
Pluto 98 (N967NA) final for runway 30:

Nice pics.thanks for posting

by the way, neither of these two aircraft scrambled from KSC. So the original photo chase T-38 got swapped in flight.  

or was there any other T-38 along with her at IAD?



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User currently offlinecaptainstefan From United States of America, joined May 2007, 433 posts, RR: 0
Reply 113, posted (2 years 8 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8240 times:

Quoting eksath (Reply 112):
So the original photo chase T-38 got swapped in flight.  

or was there any other T-38 along with her at IAD?

A T-38 took off at about 9am as the crowds were gathering and disappeared to the south, so make of that what you will. I believe there were two T-38 splaying chase but it's kinda like the twins in school - you never see them both at once, so you don't know for sure if there are actually two of them.



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Reply 114, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8118 times:
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Quoting captainstefan (Reply 113):
I believe there were two T-38 splaying chase but it's kinda like the twins in school - you never see them both at once, so you don't know for sure if there are actually two of them.

lol... good point. I will talk to the guys at JSC to see if they can fill me in.

On a side note, i shot some phone footage out there on the ramp at approx 515H as N905NA was being preflighted. This is very bad video footage and only reason i am posting it here is to give you guys a behind the scenes type view of the calm before the storm. I am not a video guy hence this was just for fun.

You can see three T-38s (only one scrambled out of here as the photochase) . The Dc-9 is also being preflighted.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbmTg...g-upl&context=G28cc6cdAUAAAAAAAAAA


enjoy.

 



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10937 posts, RR: 37
Reply 115, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6952 times:

I was at Washington Dulles on Friday - I flew on the first Boeing747-8i Frankfurt-IAD-Frankfurt turnaround inaugural commercial inaugural flights with a few hours in between. I went straight to the IAD National Air and Space Museum to see Space Shuttle Discovery.

What a thrilling exhibition that is! The lighting is perfect and plentiful not to miss out on the tinyest details. There is plenty of room in the hall to go around the orbiter and an upper gallery to view her from above..

Seeing Space Shuttle Discovery so close and personal and in such perfect environment is mesmerizing.

Will post a couple of pictures later.

Concorde F-BVFA looks as good as ever, so does the SR-71... Two sexy beasts!
I know I will be back!

  



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