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heng44
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posted 03-09-2012 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Modifications are being made to the first Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (NASA 905) at the Boeing plant in the spring of 1976. This photo shows the forward support strut being put in place in preparation for the Approach and Landing Test program with the Enterprise.

Ed Hengeveld

onesmallstep
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posted 03-09-2012 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember those days during the ALT flights well; seeing reports by Roy Neal, Jules Bergman and others covering Enterprise's air drop tests and anticipating the first launch by Columbia.

And to think I'll now see both Enterprise and her SCA in the air over NYC soon! How time flies...

GACspaceguy
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posted 03-10-2012 05:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Repurposing flight hardware has always been fascinating to me. Seeing the 747/shuttle fly on TV the first time while I was in collage gave me the extra boost to hang in there for my Aerospace Engineering Degree.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 03-10-2012 10:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah, those were the days when you could modify your plane without a bunch of bureaucrats in the CAA/EU needing to sign off everything down to a PDA mount!

I'm sure I asked Fred Haise once, but can't remember, as to how the support frame was internally braced so that the outer skin wasn't stressed.

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