Topic: US Space & Rocket Center: MPTA-98 "Boattail"
Posts: 107 From: Cullman, AL Registered: Dec 2007
posted 06-25-2012 11:21 PM
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 Member
Posts: 2211 From: Bellevue, NE, USA Registered: Aug 2007
posted 06-26-2012 06:53 AM
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 Editor
Posts: 27328 From: Houston, TX Registered: Nov 1999
posted 06-26-2012 07:21 AM
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).