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Sofia (Nasa 747SP) Testflight Highres Pics

Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:50 am

Some stunning highres pictures of the first December testflights of NASA/DASA SOFIA with telescope installed and open door:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/m...edia/imagegallery/SOFIA/index.html

First scientific flights are scheduled for the last months of 2010.
 
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RE: Sofia (Nasa 747SP) Testflight Highres Pics

Tue Dec 29, 2009 2:34 am

Thanks for the link NA,

Interesting pictures. I didn't know this conversion involved fuselage widening and a sliding internal door....very trick of them...

Good that they saved another classic 747SP airplane too.
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RE: Sofia (Nasa 747SP) Testflight Highres Pics

Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:32 am

I wonder what that open door does to aerodynamics. Very interesting thanks for the link
 
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RE: Sofia (Nasa 747SP) Testflight Highres Pics

Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:35 am

I have had the chance to see this bad boy at Dryden a few times and talk to some of the engineers. The engineering is amazing and it's a beauty to see. NASA really bought a dog of a plane (not the model but the exact a/c, it was used and abused in its life as a commercial a/c) and did some great work to make it an airborne telescope. A fun a/c
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RE: Sofia (Nasa 747SP) Testflight Highres Pics

Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:30 am

Thank you NA for bringing this to our attention! Fascinating, and I echo the commentaries above.

Come to think of it, this could be straight out of a James Bond flick!  Silly
 
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RE: Sofia (Nasa 747SP) Testflight Highres Pics

Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:24 pm

Great pictures, thanks for sharing. On a bit of a sidenote I like that in picture 76 you can see an SR-71 right above the cockpit of the 747 (and an F-104, A-7, F-8).  Smile
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RE: Sofia (Nasa 747SP) Testflight Highres Pics

Sat Jan 09, 2010 9:33 pm

Very interesting indeed. However I found when I googled for more images of Sofia, I got a very different set:  Smile

http://images.google.com/images?q=so...ct=title&resnum=15&ved=0CFkQsAQwDg
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