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    Default Just saw the coolest thing ....

    Just saw the Space Shuttle come into Barksdale AFB (Louisiana) on it's 747 transport a few minutes ago. To see that in person is just amazing .. really makes you feel proud to be an American. It was only about 100 miles south of here that the shuttle broke up 2 years ago, and all the pieces were brought to Barksdale for storage and transport, so the shuttle means a lot to the folks around here. Given the short notice that NASA gave Barksdale (only about 3 hours), the crowds on the road to watch it land was amazing.

    One thing though .. the shuttle actually looked relativly small compared to the 747. I know the 747 is a huge plane, but I somehow expected the shuttle to be a little bit bigger. We got a pretty good look at it ..it was only about 400' up when it passed over.
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    KOOL and what no digital pics to show us ?
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    Sorry, camera was on loan to a friend on vacation. Grrrrrrrrrr ... damn vacations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator
    To see that in person is just amazing .. really makes you feel proud to be an American.
    I'll bet. Ever since I was little kid and we used to roll the tv into the classroom to watch every Columbia launch, I have wanted to go to Florida to watch a live launch.

    And just to squeeze a little Canuck pride in, that fancy little arm that allowed the crew to perform the inspection and repairs to the heat shield last mission is 100% Canadian. Glad we could help.
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    LOL. That's better than having the heat shield tiles be canadian!

    You really made me feel old. When we were wheeling the tv into my class rooms, we were watching the Apollo missions. Some of you must remember when the landing capsule couldn't be located. Apollo 7?? Maybe? Anyways

    When the first shuttle blew up, I was at work listening to the launch on the radio. The boss and everyone else came over to my bench to hear it, and after lift off the boss ordered us all back to work. I yelled that it had blown up, and no matter how much I insisted, they all said ah your so full of it.
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    LOL. That's better than having the heat shield tiles be canadian!
    How many Canadian space shuttles have turned into a fiery ball of flames because of faulty heat shield tiles? Of course there is the problem that Canada has no shutttles, but that just goes to show that they are not stupid enough to send people into space.
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    Now, does that particular 747 have any adjustments made to it, other than the fixture for attaching the shuttle on top? One would think that the shuttle would add a little bit of lift, and change the attitude of the controls...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PattyV
    How many Canadian space shuttles have turned into a fiery ball of flames because of faulty heat shield tiles? Of course there is the problem that Canada has no shutttles, but that just goes to show that they are not stupid enough to send people into space.
    Actually Patty,

    We certainly cannot afford a NASA grade "space program" like the US, Russia, Japan, etc, but we have sent 10 astronauts up on the Shuttle since the program began. Several Canadian Astronauts have also been on MIR and some periodically rotate onto the ISS. Today, all Canadian Astronauts are fully trained as shuttle mission specialists, and can serve in nearly all functions other than actually piloting the craft.

    Our space program is relatively extensive for a tight budgeted nation.

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    Spearsm and I talked like 2 or 3 times today and sent a sackfull of PM's back and forth..............just hoping that they would land at Columbus AFB! Perhaps next time! LaFireEducator, you lucky rascal!!!
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    I remember seeing Columbia on the 747 over London just before the first ever shuttle launch. I think NASA were doing a 'world tour' of some sort if I remember rightly... I was mightily impressed when I saw it.

    Been to Kennedy, it's my ambition to go back and watch a launch one day. Missed a small rocket launch when I was there in 04, they put it back a few weeks.

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    I saw a launch from one of the cruise ships I was working on in the late 80's. Can't remember which one though. OK thinking out loud now ... I'm sure I was on the Viking Princess, which means we were going from West Palm Beach to Freeport (dinky little one day cruise, but I loved it better than the big fancy cruise ships!) and it was quite far away, but still pretty cool for those few minutes we could see it LOL. The exciting part lasted a few seconds only
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rossco
    When the first shuttle blew up, I was at work listening to the launch on the radio. The boss and everyone else came over to my bench to hear it, and after lift off the boss ordered us all back to work. I yelled that it had blown up, and no matter how much I insisted, they all said ah your so full of it.
    I remember that too. I was working as an a/c mechanic apprentice with Aeromaker Ind, at the Viking Air hanger in Victoria when that happened. It was only the second time I'd ever heard the entire hanger go dead silent during working hours. (the only other time that would happen is when the Time Air female flight staff would walk through - ever seen guys haning upside down from a Canso (PBY5A) wing to google a look? LOL) ahh the **click..click..click..** of their high heels

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    Quote Originally Posted by fdmhbozz
    Now, does that particular 747 have any adjustments made to it, other than the fixture for attaching the shuttle on top? One would think that the shuttle would add a little bit of lift, and change the attitude of the controls...

    There were alot of modifications done to the 747. Shoring up the internal structure and all. Not sure what else but alot was done to it so it can carry a shuttle.
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    thats interesting looking!
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    The picture pretty much shows the only visiable major modification which is to the rear tailfin/stabilizer arranagement. Not an engineeer but i assume that had to be modiefied to compensate for the radically changed aerodynamics of the the plane when it's carrying the shuttle. It was supposed to take off this morning at about 9:30 but it's still on the ground ... apprently it can't fly through any type of rain so the schedule it often has to wait around until the weather clears up completely between wherever it is and the next stop. Luckily I only live about 2 miles from the flightline so when it fires up I'll be a runnin.....

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    Thats a pretty awesome expierence man. I would have loved to see that in person for sure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator
    The picture pretty much shows the only visiable major modification which is to the rear tailfin/stabilizer arranagement. Not an engineeer but i assume that had to be modiefied to compensate for the radically changed aerodynamics of the the plane when it's carrying the shuttle. It was supposed to take off this morning at about 9:30 but it's still on the ground ... apprently it can't fly through any type of rain so the schedule it often has to wait around until the weather clears up completely between wherever it is and the next stop. Luckily I only live about 2 miles from the flightline so when it fires up I'll be a runnin.....

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    I have seen it land at Edwards AFB. My father worked on it and as kids we were taken to "family nights" where it was being built so I have actually been inside of one. They had a small area roped off for family members to walk inside of the shuttle and have a quick look (and be able to say that you have been inside of the sapce shuttle).

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