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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-22-2013 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The A&E reality TV show Shipping Wars, which follows independent carriers as they transport items that traditional carriers either cannot or will not haul, recently filmed the delivery of a NASA T-38 jet to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The astronaut training jet will be going on display in Shuttle Plaza, alongside the space shuttle Pathfinder display and soon a Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) as well.

Atlantis
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posted 06-22-2013 02:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Atlantis   Click Here to Email Atlantis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is that the one from Aviation Challenge or a different one?

sts205cdr
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posted 06-23-2013 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It doesn't match up with my photos from Space Camp (and thus trips to AC) over the years, so I'm sure it's a different bird.

mikej
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posted 06-23-2013 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikej   Click Here to Email mikej     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A USSRC Facebook post, the T-38 came from El Paso, TX. There are also additional photos of the move.

I also found a press release from last year about the T-38 leaving the El Paso Museum of History.

Atlantis
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posted 06-23-2013 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Atlantis   Click Here to Email Atlantis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks!

Any idea when the STA is set to arrive?

Gonzo
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posted 06-23-2013 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK, so they filmed it. Any idea when it will air? Don't see that on the links.

GACspaceguy
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posted 06-24-2013 05:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Gonzo:
Any idea when it will air?
It aired last week Tuesday, June 18.

As far as the STA goes, I understand they have the funding to transport it on site but are still working to get enough sponsorship to produce a display area.

Spaceguy5
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posted 06-24-2013 06:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceguy5   Click Here to Email Spaceguy5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also at the moment, the STA (which is tail number N945NA) is disassembled in Birmingham, AL.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-24-2013 07:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by GACspaceguy:
It aired last week Tuesday, June 18.
The episode (no. 37) is titled Manners Meltdown and Minor Mishaps.

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posted 06-24-2013 07:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not 100% sure but I suspect this isn't a real NASA bird after all. N999NA is considered the very end of the registration # series alloted for NASA aircraft, I don't think they numbered any of them that far into the series from the T-38s I've seen in various places (including the lineup at Ellington a few years back). My understanding is that the T-38 formerly at the El Paso museum was a US Navy bird, not a NASA one.

It wouldn't be the first time, the F-104 painted in NASA colors at the Museum of Flight in Seattle is also not a NASA aircraft as well.

Huntsville has several other aircraft over at Aviation Challenge that can't be seen by the public, most of them came from AMARC. I'm not sure of the NASA-marked T-38 they already have over there, though. It always seemed odd they had that plane there when it really belonged over at the Space Museum instead.

Greggy_D
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posted 06-24-2013 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The name on the canopy appears to read "Phil Vaughn." Is he a NASA pilot?

From looking at USSRC's pics, Bob Cabana's name is on the canopy also.

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posted 07-06-2013 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Atlantis   Click Here to Email Atlantis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here a few photos I shot this afternoon of it mostly together.

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posted 07-07-2013 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mmcmurrey   Click Here to Email mmcmurrey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by p51:
My understanding is that the T-38 formerly at the El Paso museum was a US Navy bird, not a NASA one.
I don't believe the USN ever had T-38's.

p51
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posted 07-08-2013 01:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mmcmurrey:
I don't believe the USN ever had T-38's.
You probably should have Googled "USN T-38" before typing that, and I'll bow out without further comment, hard as it is to do so...

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