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heng44
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posted 08-10-2013 01:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

NASA personnel inspect the Enterprise on the ramp at the Dryden Flight Research Center after the fifth ALT unmanned captive flight atop the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft on March 2, 1977.

garymilgrom
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posted 08-10-2013 06:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unique perspective. Look at the difference in wing shapes.

JBoe
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posted 08-10-2013 06:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's an awesome photo. Did they use the cherry picker to get the ALT crews in through the hatch or were they enter the Enterprise from the ground while it was hoisted on the 747?

heng44
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posted 08-10-2013 07:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During the three captive-active flights with a crew onboard, the pilots entered Enterprise via the Mate-Demate Device as it was already on top of the SCA. After landing the crews exited by means of the cherry-picker.

astro-nut
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posted 08-11-2013 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another good shot from the SCA/ALT flights! Thanks for sharing.

mach3valkyrie
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posted 08-11-2013 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great photo! I like the original paint scheme for the SCA 747.

garyd2831
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posted 08-11-2013 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree and wished they had kept the original "American Airlines" red, white a blue striping. It also seemed very patriotic to say the least.

I also wish they would put Enterprise back to its original ALT/KSC boilerplate paint scheme. There was something about that original look of the shuttle that portrait the future of shuttle spaceflight.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-12-2013 12:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Intrepid has said it is considering restoring Enterprise to its original livery as it moves forward with planning its permanent display of the prototype orbiter.

With regards to the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, their livery was updated to unify the look of all NASA aircraft.

buckeyecal
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posted 08-12-2013 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for buckeyecal   Click Here to Email buckeyecal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That shuttle sure made one whale of a carry-on item for American Airlines!!!

dabolton
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posted 08-12-2013 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm confused about the on-boarding of astronauts in the mate/demate device. Did the entire assemblage remain in the mate/demate device until just before they flew it?

heng44
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posted 08-14-2013 12:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dabolton:
Did the entire assemblage remain in the mate/demate device until just before they flew it?
Yes.

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