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Can You Identify This Plane?

Thu Oct 07, 2004 8:17 am

What aircraft is in the upper right hand corner of the picture? It seems to have a large dorsal pod of some kind.


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RE: Can You Identify This Plane?

Thu Oct 07, 2004 8:55 am

Possibly a 74SP. Setup for the Flying telescope program, maybe??


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RE: Can You Identify This Plane?

Thu Oct 07, 2004 9:01 am

it only has 2 engines so I doubt its a 747sp
 
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RE: Can You Identify This Plane?

Thu Oct 07, 2004 9:04 am

I bet it's a 767. From the second I opened the picture, even in small form, that was my guess. Boeing owned and used it. It had a large hump on top than started above the door and ran about 3/4 the way down the fusulage. I know it's in a book I have, I'll look it up soon.
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RE: Can You Identify This Plane?

Thu Oct 07, 2004 9:07 am

From the book:

The prototype 767 sports this unusual canoe-shaped fairing on the fusulage roof. This houses sophisticated infrared and other devices to track ballistic missles and similar objects in flight. The testbed was formerly called Airborne Optical Adjunct when it was first developed to support the US DOD's Star Wars initiative.
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RE: Can You Identify This Plane?

Thu Oct 07, 2004 9:07 am

It's a 767 that was modified for the US Army. Its got sensors in the dome. Designated 767AST or previously 767AOA.
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RE: Can You Identify This Plane?

Thu Oct 07, 2004 9:07 am

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RE: Can You Identify This Plane?

Thu Oct 07, 2004 9:07 am

This was the 767 test bed for a military project Boeing was doing back about 5-6 years ago. I don't know the nature of the program, but ship 1 was used as the test bed...so this aircraft should be the first 767 off the line.
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RE: Can You Identify This Plane?

Thu Oct 07, 2004 9:10 am

I think that this is it...

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RE: Can You Identify This Plane?

Thu Oct 07, 2004 10:14 am

All of you that have identified the A/C in question as the 767 AST and the first 767 off the line are absolutely correct, as I'm sure you know.

I post this only to dispel any doubts about it...I work at VCV and we store it. I don't know what will become of this aircraft, it is useless for anything other than its mission. It is in the experimental catagory (duh!) and supposedly never had a transport airworthiness certificate. It has 4000 hrs/TTAF. They are very sensitive about keeping it covered, it still has the optical equipment installed in the hump.

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RE: Can You Identify This Plane?

Thu Oct 07, 2004 10:36 am

To the first question............It is a 747 SB.
 
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RE: Can You Identify This Plane?

Thu Oct 07, 2004 10:41 am

Think you are looking at the plane below? The very top far right has no pod and is a 747SB and that is that!
 
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RE: Can You Identify This Plane?

Thu Oct 07, 2004 10:52 am

Try it from this angle... It's sorta a moot point, since IFIXCF6 works at VCV, and has already confirmed what it is...

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/683849/L/

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