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rgbrock1
27th Apr 2012, 16:05
What a sight! Currently flying outside my window at a distance of about 1/2 mile is a B747 with the space shuttle Enterprise perched atop. Lumbering very slowly toward JFK.
I'll try to snap some photos with my cell phone camera and post if I can.

It's now hovering over Manhattan in the near distance. Awesome!!!!

Listening to live ATC, final approach to JFK now.

B Fraser
27th Apr 2012, 16:25
Hovering ?

I guess that's the Airbus v Boeing debate well and truly over.

;)

rgbrock1
27th Apr 2012, 16:28
Well not hovering, per se, but kind of doing lazy circles.

The aircraft and Enterprise have landed at JFK.

DX Wombat
27th Apr 2012, 16:33
Jealous? Who me?. You lucky so and so. Hope you get some good photos. :ok:

G-CPTN
27th Apr 2012, 18:02
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17874273

Worrals in the wilds
28th Apr 2012, 01:39
You lucky bugger! :ok:
I always wanted to see a space shuttle launch, and seeing one perched on a 747 would be way cool too.
Hope you get some great pics.

probes
28th Apr 2012, 03:53
Did anybody else feel weird when it was 'approaching' the building at the beginning of the video?

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS9-YqmY-09LpKG74WttA8-A1e-Pyb-OCgJlXukDY4CmkVSnOd1

KAG
28th Apr 2012, 07:52
American tax payers already feel better since the space shuttle retired.

We are speaking about $$$ Billions taxes here.

Now only communist countries like China can force people to pay so much for a space project and build a space shuttle. Well, enjoy, but no thanks.

Welcome into the mature world my american friends...

OFSO
28th Apr 2012, 08:17
KAG, you fail to see the economic benefits of such projects. The European Space Agency has just signed a contract worth 300 million to build SoLO, the Solar Orbiter, launch date 2017. And yes, it's tax-payers money from ESA's Member States.

Where do you think that money will be spent ? How do you think that money will be spent ? Almost all of it paying engineers, physicians, and technicians.

Without the contract they'd be out of work.

And receiving money as welfare benefits.

Which is the better way to spend the money ?

P6 Driver
28th Apr 2012, 14:51
What a sight! Currently flying outside my window at a distance of about 1/2 mile is a B747 with the space shuttle Enterprise perched atop. Lumbering very slowly toward JFK.
I'll try to snap some photos with my cell phone camera and post if I can.

It's now hovering over Manhattan in the near distance. Awesome!!!!



That's multi-tasking with a vengeance!

Given the rarity of the event, personally I'd have stopped typing and look at the 747/Shuttle instead. Typing while taking mobile phone images introduces unneccesary difficulty. As for the hovering 747/Shuttle, perhaps a little more water with the beverage might be called for.
;)

Noah Zark.
28th Apr 2012, 23:53
Does anyone know what will be done with the Shuttle-carrying 747 when these ferry flights are finished? Will it too be retired, converted back to standard 747 for whatever use, or scrapped?

Slasher
29th Apr 2012, 18:45
Hope you got some good shots rgb and you'll post 'em here soon. :)

Nemrytter
29th Apr 2012, 19:10
Does anyone know what will be done with the Shuttle-carrying 747 when these ferry flights are finished? Will it too be retired, converted back to standard 747 for whatever use, or scrapped?
I think it will go the same way as the other SCA: Used as spares for any remaining NASA 747s (such as SOFIA).

corsair
29th Apr 2012, 20:18
Saw the Enterprise at the Paris Air Show back in 84?? sitting on top of a 747. I know it never went into space but I was duly impressed. Sadly now it's a symbol of the end of the dream.

I agree with KAG on one level, he overstates it but he's right.

Short of a big leap in propulsion technology we're in for a period of stasis in terms of space travel. (Pun intended).

G-CPTN
29th Apr 2012, 20:21
Short of a big leap in propulsion technology we're in for a period of stasis in terms of space travel.BBC News - Skylon: A British dream of space (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17851603)

Skylon (spacecraft) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skylon_%28spacecraft%29)

Reaction Engines Ltd : Current Projects : SKYLON (http://www.reactionengines.co.uk/skylon.html)

corsair
29th Apr 2012, 23:16
Skylon? Oh yes that's what we want. But it really has to go beyond a convincing website. We need an entrepenuer or a realistic government investment.

But good as it is.Is this the next great step?

I can't help thinking that this is the great British innovation that really needs an American input.

G-CPTN
30th Apr 2012, 00:45
The guy behind Skylon is the same guy who was behind Hotol (that was killed off when his engine design was declared a state secret as the RB545).

Alan Bond (rocket developer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Bond_%28rocket_developer%29#Career)

Reaction Engines Limited - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaction_Engines_Limited)