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Robert Pearlman
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quote:
Originally posted by JSC01:
She's almost glowing now, with her new exterior renovations and tile work.
Here are a few quick shots of Independence, as seen on Friday (March 28).

NASA 905's four engine mounts are also now there, awaiting the arrival of the rest of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in late April:

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Dates set for move of NASA shuttle carrier aircraft to Space Center Houston

A historic NASA jumbo jet has been cleared for its final takeoff — not into the air, but on a road trip through the streets of Houston to the site of its future exhibit.

The space agency's original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), a modified Boeing 747 jetliner that for more than 30 years ferried NASA's now-retired orbiters across the country, will make the journey from Houston's Ellington Field to Space Center Houston, the official visitor center for the Johnson Space Center, over the course of two nights at the end of April.

"The BIG Move!" Space Center Houston officials wrote on Facebook. "The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft will start its move from Ellington Field to Space Center Houston on April 28."

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Space Center Houston has debuted its landing page for the "Big Move."
Our 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft is on its final approach with the big move slated the nights of April 28 and 29, arriving early on April 30 at the nonprofit Space Center Houston. We need your help to bring it in for a landing! Pledge a donation today by texting "Shuttle747" to 41444.

A portion of Highway 3 (Old Galveston Road) will close in various stages 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. April 28. Then on April 29, a portion of NASA Parkway will close 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Both roads will close as the 1,000-foot convoy approaches and will re-open after it passes.

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Robert, I'm looking forward to your photos of the move, can't wait! The website for the move is nicely done as well. I was wondering, some of the photos on the site show the shuttle and SCA in flight and it would be great to provide photos from the public for part of the exhibit. Do you know if NASA or JSC plan on soliciting public photos? It would make a great addition.

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Space Center Houston has not said anything yet about requesting public photos. The exhibits inside NASA 905 will cover the history of the SCA in part, while mostly focusing on the larger legacy of the space shuttle program as a whole.

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Shuttle Carrier Aircraft staged for 'Big Move'

With the "big move" of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) "NASA 905" from Ellington Field to Space Center Houston set to begin Monday night (April 28), the partially-disassembled, modified Boeing 747 was repositioned from a tarmac to a taxiway late Thursday evening (April 24).

Traveling atop four self-propelled trailers and three tractor-trailers, the SCA convoy stretched more than a 1,000 feet when in motion.

When it departs the airport on Monday, the jumbo jet will move nearly eight miles over the course of two nights, traveling nearly six miles on April 28 and two miles on April 29. It arrives early April 30 at Space Center Houston, where it will go on public display in 2015.

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Interesting sidebar tidbit, I shared this info with Col. Bob Mosley, who was a test pilot at Edwards and the brother of Zack Mosley who did the Smilin Jack comic strips. He flew the NB-52 for some X-15 drops, including one of Bob White's records.

And Fitz Fulton — who flew the first flights of 905 and through the ALT program.

Both were very interested in this, Fitz for obvious reasons. Bob, for a reason most people do not know. When he retired from the USAF he went to work for Rockwell, and brokered the deal for 905, and was involved in the transition from Boeing to Edwards, and the assembly.

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Is there any way to find out how many flights NASA 905 has flown (including when it was at American Airlines?) Also, the same for NASA 911 when it was part of KLM Airlines?

Just curious for the actual numbers of flights for each plane.

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905 made 2,953 flights prior to coming to NASA and made 821 flights with NASA for a total of 3,774. I've never found a reference for 911 prior to NASA service.

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Wow, that is not many landings. Typically they fly 30,000 to 40,000 landings.

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NASA shuttle carrier jumbo jet ready to roll on Houston road trip

"Oversize Load."

So cautions bright orange signs now positioned alongside roads leading to and from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The traffic advisories were placed in advance of the space agency's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) being moved, set to begin Monday night (April 28).

"Oversize" though, might be an understatement.

The Boeing 747 jumbo jet, which for three decades ferried NASA's shuttles across the country, will be transported in its current dismantled state by a convoy stretching 1,000 feet long (305 meters), including four self-propelled trailers and three tractor-trailers. The fuselage, the largest section to be moved intact, roughly spans the length of two NBA basketball courts.

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I noticed in one of the picture, I saw that that the tailcone will be attached on the Independence shuttle; will that really happen?

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The attraction's design plans call for a tail cone to be installed on Independence. The first details surrounding that addition will be shared soon.

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I work for a global shipping and logistics company. I opened up an employee email last week and learned it is our company that is moving the SCA on this trip. It is typical of the work we do. I was pleased to read this news.

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Shuttle Carrier Aircraft convoy begins rolling

NASA's original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905, began its 8-mile, two-night move to Space Center Houston on Monday (April 28) with its 1,000-foot-long convoy staging the partially-dismantled aircraft at the exit to Ellington Field.

Later Monday evening beginning around 9:30 p.m. CDT, the seven self-propelled and tractor trailers will depart the airport's property and slowly proceed overnight down a six mile stretch of Texas Highway 3.

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Night flight: NASA shuttle carrier jumbo jet on road trip to Space Center Houston

NASA's original shuttle-carrying jumbo jet is on the move.

Two years after completing its final orbiter ferry flights, the space agency's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), a modified Boeing 747, departed an air field in Houston to be placed on public display. The partially-dismantled, white and blue jetliner completed the first leg of its 8-mile (13-kilometer), two-night road trip to Space Center Houston overnight on Monday (April 28).

"Even in a state as big as Texas, a move of this size is unprecedented," Houston Mayor Annise Parker said in a statement. "This massive exhibit will celebrate American ingenuity and create an international icon highlighting Houston's leadership role as Space City, USA."

See here for more photos of the first leg of NASA 905's "big move."

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NASA shuttle carrier aircraft arrives 'home sweet home' after Houston road trip

Houston, the SCA has landed.

NASA's original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), a modified Boeing 747 jumbo jetliner that for three decades flew the space agency's orbiters coast to coast, completed a two-night road trip to Space Center Houston early Wednesday morning (April 30).

"Home sweet home," the center announced on Twitter.

The 8-mile (13-kilometer) move, which began at Houston's Ellington Field on Monday, was in preparation for the jet to become the centerpiece of a new $12 million, eight-story-tall attraction, which will display the SCA topped with the space shuttle "Independence," a high-fidelity, walk-through orbiter replica. The outdoor exhibit is scheduled to open in March 2015.

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Space Center Houston now has a live webcam so you can watch the progress as the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft exhibit comes together:

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Shuttle Carrier Aircraft rolled into place

Just two days after arriving at Space Center Houston, NASA's original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905, was rolled into place for its future public display on a concrete pad outside the Johnson Space Center visitor center.

Boeing's Aircraft on Ground (AOG) team will now spend the next five to seven weeks reassembling the historic plane, reattaching its wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers and tail cone sections in preparation for the space shuttle Independence mockup being mounted atop the aircraft later this summer.

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Here is a photo I took a few days ago when I was there:

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A replica of a NASA space shuttle on display in Houston was defaced Wednesday (Nov. 27), when vandals sprayed racial and political graffiti on the side of the full-size mockup.
Jesse Ray Calloway, 19, on Tuesday (June 11) pleaded guilty to the Nov. 27, 2013 vandalism of the space shuttle Independence mockup.

Calloway surrendered to authorities in January after a tip from Crime Stoppers.

Calloway was sentenced to 30 days in jail, two years probation, a total of $3,550 in fines and restitution, 40 hours mandatory community service and he has to write three letters of apology to the citizens of Harris County, to NASA's Johnson Space Center and to the President of the United States.

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On the Space Center Houston Facebook page it indicates that Independence will be placed on the 747 on August 14th!
Join us for an early morning celebration as a large crane raises Independence, the crowning addition to the 747 exhibition, and places it on top of the mighty shuttle carrier aircraft. The public is invited to join us for a free presentation starting at 7:30 a.m.

Time and dates are subject to change and weather conditions.

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Exclusive! Inside Independence: First look at Houston space shuttle's new cockpit

For the first time, Space Center Houston is offering a look inside its space shuttle Independence.

Space Center Houston, the official visitor attraction for the Johnson Space Center in Texas, invited collectSPACE on an exclusive first walkthrough of the newly-upgraded, high-fidelity shuttle replica, before the winged orbiter is hoisted atop NASA's historic Shuttle Carrier Aircraft for display.

The 160,000-pound (72,575-kilogram) shuttle mockup is to be lifted by a 180-foot-tall (55 meter) crane and mounted on the back of the modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet on Aug. 14, weather permitting. The six-story exhibit, which Space Center Houston expects to open to the public in 2015, will recreate the way the shuttle orbiters were flown across the country between landing, processing and launch sites.

It will also provide visitors the chance to go inside both the aircraft and shuttle...


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