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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-04-2014 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA's second Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, N911NA or NASA 911, will be placed on public display at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in Palmdale, Calif., the Parabolic Arc blog reports.
The 747, registration number N911NA, is now being stored at a NASA facility near the Davies Airpark. [NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Director David] McBride said officials are working on a plan to safely tow it over to the display area. He expects the move to occur within the next three to four weeks.

The shuttle carrier will go on display alongside a B-52, F-104, C-46 and other retired military aircraft. McBride said the 747 will be the largest aircraft displayed there.

McBride said the aircraft will remain available to NASA for spare parts to support the SOFIA program, which uses a 747 as a flying observatory. That aircraft is based out of Palmdale.

He added that although NASA does not plan any ceremony to mark the arrival of 747 at the airpark, McBride expects the city of Palmdale to hold an event.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-15-2014 10:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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NASA's second shuttle carrier jet lands on public display in California

For the second time this year, a NASA jumbo jet used to ferry space shuttles across the country has been moved for public display.

The younger of NASA's two modified-Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), known by its tail number N911NA, or NASA 911, was towed three-quarters of a mile (1.2 km) on Friday (Sept. 12) from an aircraft operations facility to the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in Palmdale, California.

The early-model airliner, distinguished by two large vertical fins attached to the ends of its horizontal tail, was parked next to a Boeing B-52D "Stratofortress" bomber on the west side of the outdoor aircraft museum. NASA 911 will now join the Airpark's other displays available to the public Friday to Sunday weekly.

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posted 09-15-2014 10:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perfect place for 911. They have a lot of great aircraft out there to see, SR-71, A-12, D-21 Drone, And F-117 just to name a few.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-16-2014 06:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chris Coyne has several photos of NASA 911 at the Airpark as taken on Saturday, Sept. 13.

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posted 09-16-2014 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for psloss   Click Here to Email psloss     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice. (And thanks for the story.) Have to make it out there sometime to see it again.

SpaceAngel
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posted 09-17-2014 03:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought NASA was going to keep N911NA for its SOFIA science program.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-17-2014 03:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As noted in the article and above, NASA 911 still belongs to NASA and "...will remain available to NASA for spare parts to support the SOFIA program, which uses a 747 as a flying observatory."

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