195 – Flying the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft
Guests: Arthur C. “Ace” Beall Host: Markus Voelter Shownoter: Kolja Dummann
The tail numbers NASA 911 and NASA 905 were used for the two Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, converted Boeing 747s that carried the shuttle between the landing sites and the launch complex at Kennedy Space Center. Our guest in this episode is Ace Beall who flew the SCAs for several years. We talk about operations, modifications on the airplane, the flight characteristics with and without the shuttle as well as some anecdotes from Ace’s time on the SCA.
Once again, I forgot to mention those of my listeners who suggested questions. I’m doing it here instead: Robert Kunov, Pieter Johnson, Bert Daanje, Thomas Tröndlin, Rob Thomasson, Jürgen Starek, Mathias Menzer, David Liaromatis, Georg Holderied, @schnassn, @alphadash0, Davide Sivolella and Evan Stanbury.
Ace Beall introduces himself00:02:38
The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft00:05:18
Boeing 747 | Shuttle Landing Facility | Space Shuttle thermal protection system | Flight planning | Hypergolic propellant | Attach Fittings | Kelly Field Annex | Shuttle alternate landing sites | Grumman Gulfstream II | Lockheed C-5 Galaxy | Boeing C-17 Globemaster III | Tip fins | "Attach orbiter here. Note: black side down." | Fuel Inerting system | Evaluation of Fuel Tank Flammability and the FAA Inerting System on the NASA 747 SCA | Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center