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Fate Of The Two 747 Shuttle Carriers?

Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:50 pm

Has anyone heard what the plans are for the two modified 747's that were used to carry the shuttle? Hopefuly, they will be going to a museum.
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RE: Fate Of The Two 747 Shuttle Carriers?

Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:28 pm

Parts for that 747SP that is carrying that telescope.

Sorry cant remember the name of the project
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RE: Fate Of The Two 747 Shuttle Carriers?

Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:23 am

Quoting L-188 (Reply 1):
Parts for that 747SP that is carrying that telescope.

Sorry cant remember the name of the project

SOFIA - Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/SOFIA/index.html
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RE: Fate Of The Two 747 Shuttle Carriers?

Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:06 am

I've read that the older of the two, N905NA, might get preserved in Houston? But I also read that it would be a SOFIA parts donor.
 
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RE: Fate Of The Two 747 Shuttle Carriers?

Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:59 pm

They are two old birds-both are 741's--I know one was former AA and I think the other was former PA IIARC.
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RE: Fate Of The Two 747 Shuttle Carriers?

Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:52 pm

Quoting DTWPurserBoy (Reply 4):

They are two old birds-both are 741's--I know one was former AA and I think the other was former PA IIARC.

Yeah, the first one was former AA, but actually the second one was ex-JL, a 747-SR that they sold, I forget if it was before or after the massive crash they had with one.
 
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RE: Fate Of The Two 747 Shuttle Carriers?

Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:34 am

Quoting DTWPurserBoy (Thread starter):
Has anyone heard what the plans are for the two modified 747's that were used to carry the shuttle? Hopefuly, they will be going to a museum.

N911NA - parts donor for SOFIA 747SP. Gate guard for the rest of the hulk at Palmdale.
N905NA - At Ellington Airfield in Houston. Current options are gate guard at EFD or another use for either NASA or outside entity. Engines will be shipped back to Palmdale via land for SOFIA 747SP, if that is the final result. She did take another training sortie from EFD. Things may change i.e. some other use or interested purchase.

More detailed info on the history of these aircraft are here:

“NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft – the Titans of the Space Shuttle Program”

Part I : http://www.airliners.net/aviation-articles/read.main?id=157

Part II : http://www.airliners.net/crew/articles/admin.php?id=158

Part III: http://www.airliners.net/aviation-articles/read.main?id=159
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