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Discovery on a 747

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by jmurrayhead, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    This was such a cool thing to see. It flew right over my office.

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  2. Brent W

    Brent W Well-Known Member

    That is cool.
  3. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

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  4. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    Indeed it does :) They did a few passes over D.C. and Arlington and then they headed towards the Smithsonian Air and Space museum in Dulles (which I recently went to and is equally awesome).
  5. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    I'd love to someday see the inside of a shuttle. I really wanted to see a launch but I never made it down there. :(
  6. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    I wonder if they plan on opening it up once it gets to the museum. That would be really cool. I'd definitely go back there again. Also, would love to see a launch.
  7. Edrondol

    Edrondol Well-Known Member

    I almost didn't click on this thread because I thought it was going to be, "Look what I found while I was a passenger on a 747!" Instead it was LITERALLY the Discovery on a 747!

    Really, really cool! The closest I came was having Air Force One fly overhead on 9/11 on its way to the Air Force base here in Omaha. It was the first and only plane in the air for DAYS and was freaky to see.
  8. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    That's like Fox New's title, no mention that it's actually being carried by a 747. lol

    "Space Shuttle Discovery buzzes D.C. on final flight"
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  9. bambua

    bambua Well-Known Member

    By the shape of the tail, looks like that's a T-38 escorting it. I believe they always use those on the piggy back shuttle flights to monitor the shuttle/747 for any in flight issues.

    Cool to see the shuttles flying one last time. It's a shame the cost has caught up with NASA in light of recent economic times. Wonder if this is how it felt at the end of the 60's when no one was sure when we'd be going places again. I think the private sector is probably the biggest future for space. But it's still kind of a shame to me :/ The shuttle has been going into orbit since I was 4 years old, and now it's gone.
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  10. tmb

    tmb Active Member

    Not sure about the Smithsonian but you can go inside at Kennedy.
    Sucks I won't get to see any more launches out my window anymore. Probably the best thing about living in Florida.
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  11. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    Someone in my office had a much nicer camera than what was on my phone:

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  12. SilverCircle

    SilverCircle Well-Known Member

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  13. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    They should have had an ebay auction for a chance to fly in the shuttle while piggybacking the 747.
  14. Cory Booth

    Cory Booth Well-Known Member

    Now that's what you call flying over your office!! LOL

    Reston Virginia...

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  15. jmurrayhead

    jmurrayhead Well-Known Member

    I live here :)
  16. Cory Booth

    Cory Booth Well-Known Member

  17. Cory Booth

    Cory Booth Well-Known Member

    In Stafford... Wife works at EDS... er... HP...
    She took those pics the other day. The double view was from the boss who left for Dullas Airport.
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  18. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    I saw this as it was leaving Florida.

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