baylorairbear
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Sofia Update

Sat Apr 02, 2005 12:27 am

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.  cry 

Have a good weekend,
BaylorAirBear

p.s.:better info here: www.sofia.usra.edu
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bully707
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RE: Sofia Update

Sat Apr 02, 2005 1:11 am

Whow !!!

That is great!!!!  bouncy 
So maybe she'll be at STR sooner than expected...that'd be great!!!
STR will be their base for I think 6-8 weeks a year....

Looking out for her!!!


Bully
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chazzerguy
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RE: Sofia Update

Tue Apr 05, 2005 2:38 am

If anyone manages to grab a pic of it, don't forget your friends at 747sp.com!

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FlyCaledonian
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RE: Sofia Update

Tue Apr 05, 2005 9:07 am

What other changes are been made to the aircraft? Glass cockpit? New engines?
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baylorairbear
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RE: Sofia Update

Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:34 pm

Quoting FlyCaledonian (Reply 3):
What other changes are been made to the aircraft? Glass cockpit? New engines?

Sorry for my post being rather vague regarding upgrades. I know some people inside L-3, so I will see what definitive info. I can get. SOFIA's website I don't think is very good for the aviation enthusiast.

Quoting Chazzerguy (Reply 2):
If anyone manages to grab a pic of it, don't forget your friends at 747sp.com!

I will try my best, and this time I'll be sure to have my CF card in!  ashamed 

BaylorAirBear
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chazzerguy
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RE: Sofia Update

Tue Apr 05, 2005 10:21 pm

Yeh, I agree the SOFIA website is a bit slow to get out updates...

And BaylorAirBear, any info you get that you feel may be relevant, please pass it onto the SP website as well. We like to collect as much info on these old SPs as possible... You can submit info for this airframe by using the form at http://www.747sp.com/dev/addtip.asp?airframe=21441

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