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N911NA Retires - 2nd Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:03 pm

Flew from Edwards to Palmdale friday. It will serve as a spares source for SOFIA.

Sooner than I expected but had to happen sometime I guess.

http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-021012a.html

Correction: The ferry flight was 8 Feb.


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RE: N911NA Retires - 2nd Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:28 pm

...will the last one be displayed with a shuttle, or just retired?
 
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RE: N911NA Retires - 2nd Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:21 pm

Quoting chuchoteur (Reply 1):
...will the last one be displayed with a shuttle, or just retired?

I would love to see Pathfinder on it, with stairs and a glass viewing platform to get a look at the shuttle that then leads back down into the SCA where there is an interactive museum about the shuttle program.
 
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RE: N911NA Retires - 2nd Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:40 pm

Quoting ZANL188 (Thread starter):
It will serve as a spares source for SOFIA.

She will also be a part source for 905 who will hopefully soldier on with a new a career providing services for new programs.

Quoting chuchoteur (Reply 1):
...will the last one be displayed with a shuttle, or just retired?

The current plan is too keep 905 operational. None will be retired with the orbiters.



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RE: N911NA Retires - 2nd Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:59 pm

Quoting eksath (Reply 3):

You didn't happen to get any pix of the ferry flight? Your other shuttle pix are most informative, thanks for sharing them.
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RE: N911NA Retires - 2nd Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:17 pm

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 4):
You didn't happen to get any pix of the ferry flight? Your other shuttle pix are most informative, thanks for sharing them.

Sorry. I was not there for it. I can see if there are any internal pics floating around. Unfortunately, this and the 4 STAs being retired are minor --very minor- footnotes in the history of the STS program. I was leaving the VAB the other day and saw a lot of heavy equipment such as the cranes and the SSME forklifts parked outside in the excess pile. Soon there will be bidders picking them up at gov. auctions,i guess. I wonder if they will even know or care what the history behind those individual unheralded bits of equipment are. They have all performed critical roles in their specific job functions during the program.

Thanks for the kind remarks. Am glad to share them with the fans.
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:26 pm

Video of the ferry flight. I understand this was a 3 engine ferry - note the rudder deflection on takeoff...

http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/Gallery/Movie/747_SCA/HTML/EM-0064-06.html
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RE: N911NA Retires - 2nd Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:03 pm

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 7):
I understand this was a 3 engine ferry

Why would they do that? Aren't they giving up some margin?

One comment at the link sovietjet posted said that one engine was at idle...
 
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RE: N911NA Retires - 2nd Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:18 pm

Quoting LimaNiner (Reply 8):
Why would they do that? Aren't they giving up some margin?

It's retiring, 20 minute flight, not much of an interior to speak of, no payload, minimal fuel, and Edwards has one of the longest runways in the world. Can't think of a easier circumstance to 3 engine ferry a 747. Why invest the time and money to fix the engine?
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RE: N911NA Retires - 2nd Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:39 am

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 9):
Why invest the time and money to fix the engine?

Oh -- I'd missed the fact that the engine was broken. Makes total sense to me now.  

(My original question was made under the assumption that all 4 engines were in perfect working condition, in which case I guess they could've saved a couple of gallons of gas?)
 
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RE: N911NA Retires - 2nd Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:28 pm

Here she sits in Palmdale, took this pictures last weekend.

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RE: N911NA Retires - 2nd Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:55 pm

Quoting LimaNiner (Reply 8):
One comment at the link sovietjet posted said that one engine was at idle...

In the video in reply 7, as it is landing, you can see heat from all 4 engines, but one does not reverse thrust.
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RE: N911NA Retires - 2nd Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:56 pm

Quoting 4holer (Reply 12):
In the video in reply 7, as it is landing, you can see heat from all 4 engines, but one does not reverse thrust.

And maybe a second after reverse thrust frame you can see sunlight through #1 and #2 fans - and looks like #1 is not rotating

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