Aviation Photo #1059145 Lockheed L-300-50A Starlifter - NASA

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The Kuiper Airborne Observatory, in storage at Moffett Federal Airfield. This was used as a high-altitude airborne observatory, with an infrared telescope being operated in an open cavity. In this photo, the door covering the cavity (just ahead of the aerofairing bump) is closed. The 747SP N747NA, being modified as Project Sofia, will hopefully replace this aircraft.
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    David Lednicer
    NASA
    Lockheed L-300-50A Starlifter
    Lockheed C-141 Starlifter
    Lockheed C-141 Starlifter
    Lockheed
    300-6110
    N714NA
    Mountain View - Moffett Federal Airfield (Moffett NAS)
    California
    USA
    May 12, 2006
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