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Wow, lovely pics.

I wonder how extensive the rigging to support the shuttle in that 747 must be!

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Just, wow. I remember the same feeling when the the shuttle first rode piggyback on a 747, was so impressed I blew my holiday money on a Revell 1/77 model of it!

So, is civilisation formally selecting reverse now?

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Wow. That really is what you call excess baggage. I bet that 747 feels a bit different to the usual flight.

Yep, progress in certain departments really has stalled. :(

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I guess that is one of Nasa's standard shuttle transporters - used in the early days to transport the shuttle from the normal landing at Edwards air force base back to Kennedy.

I happened to be in Florida and saw the first landing of a shuttle back at Kennedy. if you do the extra tour at kennedy they now take you right up to the landing runway - pretty awesome up close.

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The shuttle Enterprise attached to a SCA (Shuttle Carrier Aircraft) made a goodwill trip to Europe in 1983 and flew right over my house in Birmingham, many years later I managed to see Discovery land at Canaveral - a non event except for the twin sonic booms as it came in but came down so fast you couldnt follow it. I then saw Entreprise up close at the Smithsonian in 2009 but despite several holidays to Florida I never saw one go up much to my disappointment. Enterprise is moving to New York and being replaced by Discovery at the Udvar-Hazy museum near Washington. Direct flights into Orlando from the UK come in and out over the space centre and you can see the runway all 15000 feet of it.

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So, is civilisation formally selecting reverse now?

Yep, progress in certain departments really has stalled. :(

That was my thoughts too. :( I wonder what now? Or are programs like this now a thing of a very recent past?

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I exchanged several emails last year with an astronaut called Mike Mullane. He flew on 3 shuttles - his book Riding Rockets is an incredible account of the entire shuttle business as is his novel Red Sky which starts with a hair raising account of a return to launch site abort - thankfully never tried for real. His view is that they were badly flawed systems that were lucky to have not killed more astronauts. The shuttle programme was driven by a need to reduce cost by making the system reusable. In the end it was much more expensive to refurbish each time and the biggest flaw of all was to put humans on top of solid rockets which cannot be controlled once lit. NASAs own calculations prior to Challenger were for a non survivable incident in every 25 flights. Challenger was mission number 25. After Challenger the odds went down to a 1 in 67 flights likelihood of a disaster which hardly seems that much more reassuring.

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One of the ex-pilots (or non ex-pilots) on here may wish to chip in and explain the winglets on the tailplanes? I'm presuming to counteract vortices from the shuttle perched on the top?

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Like being in the Mafia you are a Pilot for life!

The wingtips on the horizontal stabiliser were introduced as the shuttle wake turbulence was affecting the stability of the 747 by masking the tailfin even with the big aerodynamic shroud in place.

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Peter...thanks for that...I have "Riding Rockets" but didn't know about "Red Sky"...which I have now bought from the Great South American River Co. I read "Riding Rockets" in one go...Mike Mullane is the real thing, for sure, and his writing is too!

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Red Sky was written a few years ago but you will find having read RR first that much of what you now know to be truths about NASA and the shuttle he used in the fiction. There is a female astronaut in RS that is clearly Judy Resnik who was killed on Challenger. Mike was very close to her and it shows. I sent an email to him after reading RR not expecting a reply and we actually exchanged several more - when I ordered RedSky from his site, he signed it for me as well. A jolly decent chap!

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The shuttle Enterprise attached to a SCA (Shuttle Carrier Aircraft) made a goodwill trip to Europe in 1983 and flew right over my house in Birmingham, many years later I managed to see Discovery land at Canaveral - a non event except for the twin sonic booms as it came in but came down so fast you couldnt follow it. I then saw Entreprise up close at the Smithsonian in 2009 but despite several holidays to Florida I never saw one go up much to my disappointment. Enterprise is moving to New York and being replaced by Discovery at the Udvar-Hazy museum near Washington. Direct flights into Orlando from the UK come in and out over the space centre and you can see the runway all 15000 feet of it.

It landed at stansted airport on the back of the 747 my parents took me and my brother to see it, got some pictures somewhere. Michael Rodd of Tomorrows World did the tannoy and it took about 5 hours to get out of the car park!

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If you want to see some of the internals that were added to the 747 structure look here.

http://www.americaspace.org/?p=17354

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Ha ha didnt take me that long I was on a bike zipped up the middle,Ive got some pics as well will find em and TRY to put them on :)

I was only 12 so would have been on my Mongoose!

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In an exhibition of subversive parenting skills, I took my son out of pre-K for an hour today and whisked him down to the World's Fair Marina, otherwise known as the park between the old Shea Stadium and LaGuardia Airport, where his head almost exploded when he saw this coming at us:

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Then I brought him back to school where he pretty much derailed the entire class by breathlessly ranting "747!!!...SPACE SHUTTLE!!!!...AND...AND...THERE WAS A...A...A T-38!!!...AND A 747 WITH THE SPACE SHUTTLE!!!" That's when we administered the sedatives.

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Will someone please stop giving John red cordial?!?!

All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

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