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Re: STS-125: Post Flight Coverage (Dryden, Ferry, KSC)
« Reply #467 on: 06/12/2009 02:35 PM »
You've GOT to read this!

http://infinite-frontier.blogspot.com/2009/06/nasa-747-pilot-shares-experience.html

Wow, that was a fantastic read, I'll have to share it with my friends ;D
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Re: STS-125: Post Flight Coverage (Dryden, Ferry, KSC)
« Reply #468 on: 06/12/2009 05:01 PM »
Everyone who is a Shuttle lover HAS to read that.  Best thing I've read in a long time.

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Re: STS-125: Post Flight Coverage (Dryden, Ferry, KSC)
« Reply #469 on: 06/12/2009 05:20 PM »
Great interesting article.  The only thing strange about it is that it sounds like it was his first flight with the shuttle.
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Re: STS-125: Post Flight Coverage (Dryden, Ferry, KSC)
« Reply #470 on: 06/12/2009 05:27 PM »
Doesn't seem strange - seems like you read this line:

"My mind could not get over, from this point on, that this was something I had never experienced."

If he never experienced it before, it likely was his first time!

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Re: STS-125: Post Flight Coverage (Dryden, Ferry, KSC)
« Reply #471 on: 06/12/2009 05:41 PM »
Doesn't seem strange - seems like you read this line:

"My mind could not get over, from this point on, that this was something I had never experienced."

If he never experienced it before, it likely was his first time!

That is exactly what I mean.  Doesn't it sound strange that they would have someone fly a SCA with the shuttle on it without any previous flight knowledge.  I would at least think he would have had to be a copilot on a few flights before he flew it.
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Re: STS-125: Post Flight Coverage (Dryden, Ferry, KSC)
« Reply #472 on: 06/12/2009 06:23 PM »
Doesn't seem strange - seems like you read this line:

"My mind could not get over, from this point on, that this was something I had never experienced."

If he never experienced it before, it likely was his first time!

That is exactly what I mean.  Doesn't it sound strange that they would have someone fly a SCA with the shuttle on it without any previous flight knowledge.  I would at least think he would have had to be a copilot on a few flights before he flew it.

Well he must have at least the proper type-rating and enough hours in flight to be pilot in command, don't know what NASAs rules are, but in airline aviation (at least where I am flying) you've got to have at least 5.000 hours in flight in the book prior to beeing certified as captain.

But yes, it is strange that his first flight with an orbiter attached is in the left seat...would have thought you would need at least one or two flights with the SCA as a first officer (plus what I mentioned above of cause).

Lucky guy so, would do anything to be in his place. ;) The 747 is my favorite airliner and flying the SCA would be my greatest day. :)
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Re: STS-125: Post Flight Coverage (Dryden, Ferry, KSC)
« Reply #473 on: 06/13/2009 09:31 PM »
Hey everyone...

To make up for the Endeavor post-scrub blues, I put a bunch more Atlantis pics up on my L2 thread:
STS-125 Post Flight: SCA Ferry (Biggs Army Air Field/Fort Bliss -- El Paso, TX)
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=17318.0

There are some really nice pics of the SCA/Orbiter at dawn that not too many of you with L2 access have clicked thru yet, so feel free to stop by and take a look.  And for those of you who don't have L2 access yet, I'll put in a big plug for it -- definitely worth it, get over there already!

Here's a few other samples, taken by a friend of mine.

« Last Edit: 06/13/2009 09:37 PM by SFC Don »

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Re: STS-125: Post Flight Coverage (Dryden, Ferry, KSC)
« Reply #474 on: 06/14/2009 03:35 PM »
Post flight payload processing for the SLIC.
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Re: STS-125: Post Flight Coverage (Dryden, Ferry, KSC)
« Reply #475 on: 06/18/2009 12:41 PM »
WFPC-2 is now visible:


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Re: STS-125: Post Flight Coverage (Dryden, Ferry, KSC)
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Re: STS-125: Post Flight Coverage (Dryden, Ferry, KSC)
« Reply #477 on: 06/18/2009 08:48 PM »


That was in space a few weeks ago... and had been there for years! Thanks for the screencaps, I personally love to see things return from space.
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Re: STS-125: Post Flight Coverage (Dryden, Ferry, KSC)
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Re: STS-125: Post Flight Coverage (Dryden, Ferry, KSC)
« Reply #479 on: 07/15/2009 11:23 AM »
You've GOT to read this!

http://infinite-frontier.blogspot.com/2009/06/nasa-747-pilot-shares-experience.html

A friend e-mailed me this, and I came here to share.  I was at the SLF can vouch that the account of the approach and landing is accurate, but have doubts about a couple things:

A) NASA does not fly the SCA from zero margin runways. If the SCA had barely gotten off the ground somewhere, we'd have heard of it.

B) The ga-ga attitude of the author is almost completely free of "the right stuff".  THe guys who fly this thing are super-experienced full time pilots. 

There was a guy named Jack Nickel (re: e-mail handle "Triple Nickel") on the crew so I guess its possibly real, but maybe a bit of hangar-talk pumped up by public affairs.

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