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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-24-2012 10:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA905 made it final flight today (Sept. 24), flying from Los Angeles International Airport to Dryden Flight Research Center. According to FlightAware, the 19 minute flight landed at 10:18 a.m. PDT (1818 GMT).

NASA905 will now be decommissioned and become a parts donor for the SOFIA airborne observatory.


Credit: NASA/Scott Andrews


Credit: CSC/Terbine

KSCartist
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posted 09-25-2012 05:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I understand the economics behind cannibilizing 905 for parts. But I wish it would be donated to the Museum of Flight in Seattle with mock engines and an "Explorer" class Orbiter replica on top.

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posted 09-25-2012 05:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for APG85     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm also surprised it's not going to a museum...

GACspaceguy
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posted 09-25-2012 05:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the plan Tim.

Not wishing any museum ill will but while we were at KSC earlier this month we could not help but notice that the Astronaut Hall of Fame was not well attended and you have to wonder what would become of the orbiter mockup there. It would be a good candidate for a refurbishment and used in such a display.

I am sure it would be able to be shipped out on a barge all be it a VERY long haul. (That self may make it cost prohibitive).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-25-2012 07:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to the SCA flight crew, moving NASA905 once its motors are removed becomes a significant logistical issue. That said, there is a talk that Dryden may eventually look at putting NASA905 on display at the center.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 09-25-2012 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If they're gonna take it apart for spare parts, then I'm tempted to go over there with a tool bag and remove the "Place orbiter here / black side down" plate....

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posted 09-25-2012 08:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As great as it would be for the Museum of Flight to get NASA 905, they already have the prototype 747 that needs shelter (and a lot of restoration work), along with the others in the airpark.

My hope is the Dryden display idea comes true...that they'll replace whatever external components are taken to equip SOFIA with display parts (i.e., timed-out or non-flightworthy components) and put her on exhibit. That aircraft deserves to be kept around.

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posted 09-27-2012 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by ea757grrl:
As great as it would be for the Museum of Flight to get NASA 905, they already have the prototype 747 that needs shelter (and a lot of restoration work), along with the others in the airpark.

Good idea! Let her come back home for retirement.

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posted 09-27-2012 10:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would be better if they put it out at Blackbird Park at Palmdale. More people will be able to see it there than if they keep it at Dryden on EAFB.

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posted 09-29-2012 08:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I, too, agree with other collectSPACE members that Shuttle Carrier Aircraft 905 should be kept in a museum somewhere (Dryden or Houston/JSC) for us space fans to go get a chance to see it. A walkthrough would be excellent. Hopefully someday I will be able to see this historic aircraft.

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posted 09-29-2012 12:08 PM     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 ea757grrl:
As great as it would be for the Museum of Flight to get NASA 905, they already have the prototype 747 that needs shelter (and a lot of restoration work), along with the others in the airpark.
Exactly, they are years away from providing shelter for the large planes they have (their B-29 was just covered in plastic like they do at AMARC).

But yeah, if the vomit comet was preserved (as I saw it at Ellington Field earlier this month), then a shuttle carrier should as well!

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posted 10-11-2012 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Lee Brandon Cremer:
Here is my complete list (PDF) updated with the missing seven SCAs not identified previously.
Is there an updated version of this chart? It shows 911 as doing the museum flights. But 905 did them.

Was 911 final ferry mission with OV-103 in 2009 after STS-128?

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posted 10-11-2012 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for X-Plane Fan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, the final ferry mission for 911 was STS-128 in Sept. 2009. Final flight was Feb. 8, 2012. 905 performed all the museum delivery flights.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-24-2012 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA905 has not yet made its final flight!

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft will be flying to Houston today to be on display at the Wings Over Houston airshow at Ellington Field this weekend.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-28-2012 06:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A few photographs of NASA 905 at Ellington Field on Saturday (Oct. 27):

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-26-2012 07:00 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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NASA lands space shuttle-carrying jumbo jet in Houston to stay

Houston, you have a space shuttle ...carrier aircraft.

NASA's original jumbo jet that was used to ferry the space shuttles around the country has landed at Ellington Field in Houston, where it is to stay.

p51
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posted 11-26-2012 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it going to join the original vomit comet on display or is it going to become a hangar queen for parts?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-26-2012 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the article:
...the big Boeing jet will be retired and eventually placed on public display.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-18-2012 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA 905 took to the air today (Dec. 18), on an hour and a half circle that took it out over Louisiana before returning to Ellington Field.


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