SOFIA(Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) was rolled out this morning with tail logo. For those who are unaware, SOFIA is an ex-United 747SP(reg?). In what has been called the "largest post-production modification ever" (that's from Boeing & Nasa), mods have been made to accommodate a 2.5 meter reflecting telescope. "SOFIA will be the largest airborne observatory in the world, and will make observations that are impossible for even the largest and highest of ground-based telescopes." Mods include a stretched upper deck and a rigid door on the left aft fuselage that will rotate like a garage door to allow the telescope access to the stars. She'll be going to paint soon hopefully in Waco. And before you ask, I got several pics only to find when I got home that my CF card was not in my camera. That could have been my first accepted upload.
Have a good weekend,
p.s.:better info here: www.sofia.usra.edu