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Nasa SCA N905NA Boeing 747-123 Livery Change  
User currently offlineBOACVC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 613 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6548 times:

Hello, I was searching for pictures of the NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft N905NA Boeing 747-123 (SCA) that carries the shuttlecraft, (oooops, mea culpa, Space Shuttle) between missions.

I just realised the livery changed from silver metallic, to white sometime between the two photos below:

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I actually built a model of the SCA with Space Shuttle Enterprise as a kit when I was a teenager, and remember painting the model (747) silver metallic, and applying the red, white and blue decals over the windows. When did the livery change, and why did they not keep the "patriotic" red/white/blue color scheme ? An example of this (almost identical to the picture of the kit model I was building!) is below. I remember wondering about the need somehow to duplicate the differing colors of the "bulge" just below the support struts using a small paint brush.


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User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6474 times:

Please note that there are two NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, 905 and 911.

The original paint scheme of 905 was a "minimum changes" alteration after it was procured from American Airlines. Hence, it has the American Airlines paint scheme of the '70s, except that "American" was painted over (you could still see it if you looked carefully.)

905 was repainted to the white paint scheme for the 1983 "mission" to the Paris Air Show with Enterprise.


User currently offlineUnattendedBag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6474 times:



Quoting BOACVC10 (Thread starter):
I just realised the livery changed from silver metallic, to white sometime between the two photos below:

better late than never, that's what I always say.

Quoting BOACVC10 (Thread starter):
and why did they not keep the "patriotic" red/white/blue color scheme ?

It wasn't meant to be partiotic. The aircraft was owned by American Airlines prior to NASA. I imagine they changed it to better fit the NASA color scheme of white and blue.



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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6302 times:



Quoting UnattendedBag (Reply 2):
the NASA color scheme of white and blue.

If memory serves me correctly, NASA also painted the SOFIA 747SP in the same scheme as well.
It would be cool to have all 3 747s pose for a group photo shoot.
Regards.



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User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8538 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 6138 times:



Quoting FlagshipAZ (Reply 3):
NASA also painted the SOFIA 747SP in the same scheme as well.
It would be cool to have all 3 747s pose for a group photo shoot.

Flyby!!

The US Government could put on some neat air shows, every day for a month. Including a Shuttle landing for example!


User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 977 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 6131 times:



Quoting Flighty (Reply 4):

The US Government could put on some neat air shows, every day for a month. Including a Shuttle landing for example!

I think Boeing could do a good marketing campaign for the 747 by taking a composite shot of all those specialized 747s:

- SCA with Orbiter attached
- SOFIA
- Air Force One
- E4B NAOC
- Air Borne Laser
- Dreamlifter


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12146 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 6126 times:



Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 5):
I think Boeing could do a good marketing campaign for the 747 by taking a composite shot of all those specialized 747s:

- SCA with Orbiter attached
- SOFIA
- Air Force One
- E4B NAOC
- Air Borne Laser
- Dreamlifter

There was also the former TWA B-747-100s/-200s that were converted into KC-747s for the IIAF (but, I doubt they can get one of those).


User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6111 times:



Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 5):
I think Boeing could do a good marketing campaign for the 747 by taking a composite shot of all those specialized 747s:

- SCA with Orbiter attached
- SOFIA
- Air Force One
- E4B NAOC
- Air Borne Laser
- Dreamlifter

Can we add the Evergreen's SuperTanker to this list of specialized 747s?
Regards.



"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
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