QANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5581 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, 7623 posts, RR: 38 Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5419 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, 6222 posts, RR: 9 Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5216 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, 12955 posts, RR: 79 Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5145 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 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4917 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.