Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Arrives during Kennedy Space Center

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Arrives during Kennedy Space Center

The newly arrived Shuttle Carrier Aircraft is seen by a platforms of a mate-demate device during a Shuttle Landing Facility during NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The aircraft, famous as an SCA, arrived during 5:35 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012, to ready for convey Discovery’s packet moody to a Washington Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Va., on Apr 17. This SCA, designated NASA 905, is a mutated Boeing 747 jet airliner, creatively made for blurb use.

One of dual SCAs employed over a march of a Space Shuttle Program, NASA 905 is reserved to a remaining packet missions, delivering a shuttles to their permanent open arrangement sites. NASA 911 was decommissioned during a NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in California in February.

Discovery will be placed on permanent open arrangement in a Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett