andysim
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Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:43 am

I know the shuttle is coming to the end of its life but whats going to happen to the 747s that Nasa use to transport it?

Thanks for any info.


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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:04 am

I would imagine it hasn't got the greatest number of hours on the clock, and will fit in as a flight test aircraft in some capacity. It would be nice to see some more space-plane glide test releases like it did with Enterprise back in the day, but thats probably mere fantasy for the near future.
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:18 am



Quoting GST (Reply 1):
I would imagine it hasn't got the greatest number of hours on the clock

Both aircraft came used from the airlines so I think you would be shocked at the actual airframe hours... plus they date back to the mid 1970's with NASA
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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:28 am

What are the plans for the orbiters?

If they are not going on permanent display somewhere, NASA might keep the 747s around for a bit in case they need to be transported (say for PR purposes).
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:45 am



Quoting Stitch (Reply 3):
What are the plans for the orbiters?

Uh oh- here we go again...

Where did that thread go???
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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:56 am



Quoting StudeDave (Reply 4):

Space Shuttle Post Program Placement (by BigWNFan Dec 17 2008 in Military Aviation & Space Flight)
The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:57 am



Quoting EMBQA (Reply 2):
Both aircraft came used from the airlines so I think you would be shocked at the actual airframe hours... plus they date back to the mid 1970's with NASA

They do use them from time to time for testing @ Edwards. They don't sit on the ground for months or years on end waiting for a shuttle to land somewhere other than KSC. I'm sure both will end up in a museum. It'd be cool if they put a shuttle on one and put it on display @ Edwards...
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:55 pm

A friend of mine associated with the NMUSAF told me if they were willing to wait, they would get the last shuttle (I forget which one, but AF associated like Apollo 15) and the 747. So that's what I heard.
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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:51 pm

thanks for the replies. It will be intresting to see what happens to the 747s and the shuttles in the future. Would it not be awsome to see the Enterprise mounted on the top of one of the 747s on display hehe.
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:56 pm



Quoting Andysim (Reply 8):
thanks for the replies. It will be intresting to see what happens to the 747s and the shuttles in the future. Would it not be awsome to see the Enterprise mounted on the top of one of the 747s on display hehe.

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I agree, the best display an aviation/technics museum could get is a Space Shuttle on top of one of the two 747s. That combination is unbeatable.
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:55 pm



Quoting NA (Reply 9):
I agree, the best display an aviation/technics museum could get is a Space Shuttle on top of one of the two 747s. That combination is unbeatable.

More so than a complete, intact Shuttle stack?  Wink
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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:56 pm

We could turn them into the world's biggest "vomet comits".

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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:11 pm

Since Boeing now owns Rockwell, I think a NASA 747 and the Enterprise orbiter would be appropriate for the Museum of Flight.  Wink
 
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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:06 pm



Quoting EMBQA (Reply 2):
plus they date back to the mid 1970's with NASA

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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:08 pm

Does anyone have any pictures of the interiors of the NASA 747’s, did they strip out the airline interiors.

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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:28 pm



Quoting Jetstar (Reply 14):
Does anyone have any pictures of the interiors of the NASA 747’s, did they strip out the airline interiors.


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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:23 pm

White Knight 1 turned out to be pretty useful for launching the X-37. Just think what they could do with a plane that could launch 140 ton experimental craft.
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RE: Space Shuttle Carrier (747)

Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:49 am



Quoting N328KF (Reply 10):
More so than a complete, intact Shuttle stack?

You have a point there.  bigthumbsup 

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