QANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6020 times:
I'm not sure about the actual dimensions of the plane, but I don't think it's as small as you think. Just look at that pic - the nose is pretty much the same size as the 747s, and the main fuselage is comparable to the 747 as well.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7637 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5858 times:
I saw the Atlantis (STS-81) and one of the display models of the shuttle in Florida back in January 1997. I was also very surprised how small it is. Very beautiful and unique to see. If you ever get a chance to go to Florida, I highly recommend a visit to the Kennedy Space Center.
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6254 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5655 times:
I too used to think it was huge, usually because, as said earlier, it looks much more impressive standing up on the launch pad. However, I went to Space Camp down in Alabama about 10 years ago when I was about 11 years old, and saw a bunch of recreated shuttles that were actual size, and was surprised how small they were. Not mini, but not huge like I thought they'd be.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13031 posts, RR: 78
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5584 times:
I remember going to see the 747/Enterprise combo at STN on it's European tour in 1983, (it had appeared at that years Paris).
Took loads of pics as it did a low level pass at STN (then basically a backwater with a long runway), and as it landed and taxied in, a great day.
KBFIspotter From United States of America, joined May 2005, 729 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5356 times:
The Orbiter is comparable to a medium sized airliner. Very impressive. I have had the opportunity to be next to all four of the orbiters (Columbia is included) on several occasions, and they always impress me.