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Fate Of Last Nasa Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Decided  
User currently offlineeksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1355 posts, RR: 23
Posted (3 years 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5237 times:

So after a number of months of work, the fate of N905NA has finally been made official. Numerous attempts to keep her flying were attempted. Her last flight was on December 18th 2012 and was a round trip from EFD that took about 1hr 28 mins.

She will be cut up and transported to JSC Visitor Center from her current location at the ramp of EFD. The engines and other useful parts will be shipped back to Palmdale via road for use in SOFIA. It is anticipated that she will be sectioned into 3 parts. Once at JSCVC, she will be put back together with the shuttle mockup formerly known as Explorer (came from the KSC visitor center). At the end of all of this (sometime in 2015), she will become an exhibit of the SCA+mockup.

Now that the news is official, I will be finishing Part IV of my series on the SCA.Stay tuned.

In the meantime, here is a link to Part III:


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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12360 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5019 times:

That is better than scrapping her. She will become just a shell, but better to see her that way than as your next can of Bud.

User currently offlineOroka From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 973 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4933 times:

Nice, I was thinking maybe the mock up Pathfinder, but Explorer is a better match. Using Pathfinder would have left a empty SRB and tank stack.

User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1692 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4775 times:

I always thought it would have been a good concept to have used one of the SCA's in a Shuttle in being carried display. Could have used only the top most 8-10 feet of the fuslage mounted ot ground level and not have to display a full 747.

User currently offlineSSTeve From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 1106 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4725 times:

Also very cool to preserve are the under-cockpit mission panel(s).

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