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From: Cullman, AL
Registered: Dec 2007

posted 06-25-2012 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Atlantis   Click Here to Email Atlantis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The space shuttle Main Propulsion Test Article (MPTA-98) has been cleaned up and is on display behind Pathfinder at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Jay Chladek

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From: Bellevue, NE, USA
Registered: Aug 2007

posted 06-26-2012 06:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm glad to see it got cleaned up and moved. Last time I saw MPTA-98 was a few days after the STS-135 launch as Scott Phillips gave me an invitation to visit him at Marshall and I took him up on it. The boattail was sitting in storage next to the J-2 engine test stand.

I would love to see this thing go to a museum somewhere, although I don't know how exactly one would display just a boat tail (maybe stick three mocked up SSMEs in it perhaps). As I recall, at one time MPTA-98 was temporarily mounted to a full size Shuttle-C HLLV mockup when Rockwell was making a pitch to NASA to build it. I'll bet that was an impressive sight.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 06-26-2012 07:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See this thread for photos of MPTA-98 mounted to the Shuttle-C mockup at Marshall.

The 'boattail' is the first of several new shuttle related large artifacts that will be going on display around the Pathfinder plaza at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Soon to join it will be the T-38 that is currently at Aviation Challenge and a Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA).

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