Space Shuttle Atlantis departs Edwards Air Force Base, July 1, 2007
The Space Shuttle Atlantis departed from Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base on 747 Carrier Aircraft NASA Nine Zero Five at 6:04 A.M. PDT Sunday, July 1, 2007. It is returning to the Kennedy Space Center. It landed at Rick Husband Amarillo International airport, Texas two hours later. It continued to Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, arriving at 2:46 PM CDT. It departed from Offut AFB at 7:43 AM CDT on Monday, July 2 and landed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky at 9:14 AM CDT. It departed from Fort Campbell at 5:15 AM CDT on Tuesday, July 3 and landed at the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center at 8:24 AM EDT.
NASA's Douglas DC-0-32 N932NA served as a weather pathfinder for the shuttle. The pathfinder flies ahead of the 747-SCA to observe weather conditions, particularly turbulence and rain. It took off from Runway 22 at 5:57 AM PDT, shortly after sunrise.
DC-9-32 N932NA is used for zero-G training. It flies in parabolic ballistic trajectories to provide about a half minute of zero-G at a time. It flew to Edwards Air Force Base from its home base at Ellington Field, Texas on Thursday, June 28.
DC-9-32 N932NA carries construction number 47476. It was delivered to KLM as PH-DNZ on February 6, 1970. Douglas registered it in the United States as N2679T on December 11, 1981. VIASA leased it on January 27, 1982 and operated it as YV-139C. It was returned to Douglas and registered as N907DC on February 12, 1983. The United States Navy assigned it BuNo 162754 on June 27, 1983 and named it City of Anacortes. NASA acquired it in January 2004.
Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, N905NA taxis to Runway 22 with Atlantis.
Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, N905NA flies under the call sign NASA Nine Zero Five. It is 37 years old. It was originally American Airlines 747-123, N9668. Its Boeing construction number is 20107. It made its first flight on October 15, 1970, and was delivered to American Airlines two weeks later. NASA acquired it on July 18, 1974.
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Thirty years earlier: 747-SCA N905NA takes off with Enterprise at the beginning of the first Approach and Landing Test (ALT-1) on August 12, 1977. The American Airlines heritage of the 747-SCA was still apparent.
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A dozen photos of 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Events depicted include:
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747-SCA N905NA/Enterprise Approach and Landing Test 1 take-off on August 12, 1977.
747-SCA N905NA/Enterprise Approach and Landing Test 4 take-off on October 12, 1977.
747-SCA N905NA/Columbia delivery take-off on March 20, 1979.
747-SCA N905NA/Challenger static and departure take-off on July 4, 1982.
747-SCA N911NA/Endeavor delivery take-off from Palmdale on May 2, 1991.
747-SCA N905NA/Columbia landing at Palmdale on September 25, 1999.
747-SCA N905NA/Discovery take-off on November 2, 2000.
747-SCA N905NA/Atlantis take-off on July 1, 2007.
747-SCA N911NA/Endeavor take-off on December 10, 2008.
747-SCA N911NA/Discovery take-off on September 20, 2009.
747-SCA N905NA/Endeavor flyover at LAX, September 21, 2012.
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Bad weather caused the Space shuttle Endeavour to divert to Edwards Air Force Base at the conclusion of STS-126 on November 30, 2007. Following servicing in the Mate/Demate Device, it departed from Edwards on the back of 747 Carrier Aircraft N911NA on December 10.
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A dozen photographs of the Space Shuttle Discovery at Edwards Air Force Base. Bad weather at the Kennedy Space Center caused the Space shuttle Discovery to divert to Edwards Air Force Base at the conclusion of mission STS-128 on September 11, 2009. Following servicing in the Mate/Demate Device, it departed from Edwards on the back of 747 Carrier Aircraft N911NA on September 20.
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A dozen photos of Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Flights. Boeing 747-Shuttle Carrier Aircraft N905NA and Space Shuttle Endeavour arrived at Edwards Air Force Base from Biggs Army Airfield on September 20, 2012. The pair were placed on static display at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center that afternoon. The 747/Shuttle stack departed from Edwards Air Force Base on the morning of September 21. It toured California and several landmarks in the LA Basin. It made two low passes over Los Angeles International Airport before making its final landing. The 747-SCA was flown to Edwards Air Force Base on September 24 where it was retired. The Endeavour ison display at the California Science Center.
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