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Offline Glavata

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Atlantis (STS-117), piggy packed on a NASA 747
« on: July 07, 2007, 06:03:11 AM »
Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-117) stops in Omaha
Atlantis (STS-117), piggy packed on a NASA 747 lands for a layover at Offutt Airbase.

Video: http://www.livevideo.com/video/dudewheresmycar/B61C284698584852AEC5148A71439B89/space-shuttle-atlantis-sts-11.aspx



Offline ORD Don

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Re: Atlantis (STS-117), piggy packed on a NASA 747
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2007, 12:46:18 AM »
Good video...    Does anyone know any of the particulars, or interesting facts
about flying a 747 with a space shuttle on top of it ?

Offline kkjlai

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Re: Atlantis (STS-117), piggy packed on a NASA 747
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2007, 05:22:49 PM »
At least for this time around, the pilot did a low flying pass along the Beach area around KSC, for a lot of people have have a look.

Good video...    Does anyone know any of the particulars, or interesting facts
about flying a 747 with a space shuttle on top of it ?

Maybe you can find some facts in Wiki..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuttle_Carrier_Aircraft

Offline Brad

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Re: Atlantis (STS-117), piggy packed on a NASA 747
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2007, 09:53:37 PM »
If it was headed back from Edwards, why did it stop in Omaha? Does it not usually take a direct flight back?

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Re: Atlantis (STS-117), piggy packed on a NASA 747
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2007, 03:00:55 AM »

Good video...    Does anyone know any of the particulars, or interesting facts
about flying a 747 with a space shuttle on top of it ?

I don't know anything real specific.  I worked it a couple of times.  I remember that it flew down below Class A airspace and it flew much slower than you would expect a 747.

Back then (waaay pre-9/11), controllers could still fly in the jump seat.  I worked him one day, and was 'jumping' to the east coast the next.  The flight I was on caught up to the shuttle near Atlanta.  We got to descend down close and get a good look at him. 

I wish I had a camera with me back then.    :-(