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Jim Behling
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posted 03-26-2013 07:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a patch that you don't see very often, much less a flown one.

garymilgrom
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posted 03-26-2013 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jim I believe this was a classified mission. Can you tell us what the Spirit of 44 was?

Jim Behling
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posted 03-26-2013 10:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know and if I did probably couldn't tell you.

But there is another clue and it is related to this article.

garyd2831
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posted 03-26-2013 10:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here in Syracuse, there is the "Legend of 44." Football players Jim Brown, Ernie Davis — first African American to win the Heisman Trophy — and Floyd Little. They all played for Syracuse University, they all wore the number 44 at SU and they all new each other.

I have no idea what the "Spirit of 44" means.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-26-2013 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jim Behling:
But there is another clue and it is related to this article.
Indeed, the symbol on the external tank, as also seen on the 2000 patch, represents a Lacrosse surveillance satellite. Recently declassified NASA archival information has identified STS-27's payload (USA 34) as Lacrosse 1.
Lacrosse 1 was a side-looking radar, all weather surveillance satellite launched from the shuttle mission STS-27 for the US National Reconnaisance Office and the CIA. It was manufactured by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Denver and completed operations in March 1997.

SparkR_13
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posted 03-27-2013 03:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SparkR_13   Click Here to Email SparkR_13     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Quick search of the term "Spirit of 44" finds a nice article referring to a bomber of the 91st bomb wing that made it back home after a mission. Pretty much destroyed, but made it home... could be a reference to that since it was one of the first flights to resume after the Challenger?

dogcrew5369
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posted 03-31-2013 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In this context, could it be related to the fact the crew almost didn't make it home with the damage to the tiles? Just a thought.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-31-2013 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A bit hard to do since the patch flew on STS-27, so obviously existed before the tile damage...

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 03-31-2013 02:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think garyd2831 might be right, Jim Brown also played Lacrosse while at Syracuse.

dogcrew5369
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posted 04-03-2013 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
A bit hard to do since the patch flew on STS-27, so obviously existed before the tile damage...

Oh duh. What was I thinking? Should have realized that. Thanks Robert for clarifying.

Bill Nelson
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posted 04-03-2013 02:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Nelson   Click Here to Email Bill Nelson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I asked Mike Mullane from the STS-27 crew and he does not know what that patch is about.

Jim Behling
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posted 04-03-2013 06:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bill Nelson:
I asked Mike Mullane from the STS-27 crew and he does not know what that patch is about.
It is a payload patch and I doubt he would have seen it.

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