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    Thread: Endeavour lands at LAX on Sept 20

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      08-08-2012 08:14 PM #1
      Shuttle will land at LAX on Sept 20 and move to Exposition Park on Oct 13 via city streets. Should be a giant block party along the way.


      http://thesource.metro.net/2012/08/0...teps-from-expo

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      08-09-2012 09:52 PM #2
      I shall be there! N905NA has been doing endless touch and go's, over the past few weeks at Palmdale. Her sister is parked here also, being savaged for spares. :-/

      Here are a few of the hundreds of photos I have taken of her this month.







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      08-21-2012 01:23 AM #3
      Rumor has it that she will be landing on 25L. No word on exact time, yet.

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      08-23-2012 12:38 AM #4
      NASA Aircraft To Fly Over Los Angeles Area August 25

      http://spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=38244
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      09-18-2012 01:08 PM #5
      Very cool photos:

      http://www.launchphotography.com/End...D_fisheye.html

      A fisheye camera mounted atop the ten-story Mate-Demate Device (MDD) captures the three-day process to lift the 100-ton orbiter Endeavour and place it atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The camera photographed the process every 10 minutes for nearly three days, and every one minute for the final process (about an hour or less) of pushing back the 747 out of the MDD for takeoff. Note that the selections on this page pick out the best shots and key events - particularly sunset, twilight and night shots, plus the crane attachment and detachment, lift to mate, and pushback of the 747 - from the several-hundred-photo sequence. Most daytime and night shots were similar, but a time-lapse movie may be available soon to view!
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      09-18-2012 02:43 PM #6
      She is delayed till Friday now, but I am happy, because that means I can go see her land at Edwards on Thursday also_

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      09-21-2012 02:23 AM #8



      One of about 200+ pictures that I took today. I just couldn't really find a perfect spot, but it was a good day.

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      09-21-2012 06:54 PM #10
      Just got one good shot

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      09-22-2012 01:33 AM #11
      With all I've been dealing with at work it was nice to have a day like today. We were descending on the Seavu arrival into LA about 11:30 this morning. Socal said the shuttle was over Pismo Beach and headed for the LA Basin. As we approached 25L we could see thousands of people lined up on Aviation Blvd by the Proud Bird Restaurant and on Imperial Hill. I've never seen hundreds of people waving at us while landing. We taxied off just in time. Departures were stopped for about 15 minutes and arrivals started to hold over Jetsa and Limma. just before noon the shuttle did it's first low pass from west to east over the north complex then headed toward Griffith Park and Down Town. Then some arrivals and departures trickled in and out. About 12:25, guys started holding again and departures were stopped the shuttle came in for a low approach over the south complex.








      As you can see pretty much everyone with SIDA access came out on the taxiway to watch. I was on Charlie at C4. After it's low approach to 25R it did a tour of the Southbay and came in to land.










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      09-22-2012 01:35 AM #12
      Wow, great pics.

      Nice gallery at the LA Times:

      http://framework.latimes.com/2012/09...our-photos/#/0

      And a cool 360 pano:

      http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...1501.htmlstory

      Magnificent flying by the SCA crew. Loved seeing all those low-level passes and all the turns in and around the buildings and bridges and all the other landmarks. Must've been great fun for the pilots.
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      09-22-2012 10:04 AM #13
      Cool:

      Famed cinematographer and Gizmodo friend Vincent Laforet went to Los Angeles International Airport to capture the last flight of space shuttle Endeavour using a RED Epic camera at 5K resolution with Canon 800mm 5.6 lens in slow motion—-96 frames per second.
      http://vimeo.com/49952767#
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      09-22-2012 12:53 PM #14
      "Personally, I believe that 'fairness' consists in the fruits of my labor not being taken by corrupt hacks to redistribute to their cronies in exchange for votes." -- Glenn Reynolds

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      09-22-2012 11:31 PM #15
      ^WOW, who took that?







      All of my photos from those two days were crap and I always seemed to be on the shadow side. Nothing worth uploading anywhere else, so to Vortex they go!

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      09-23-2012 11:30 AM #16
      Wow, Chris -- I think they look great.

      The pic above is via NASA Public Affairs. Not sure who the photographer was, but should've credited them, sorry!!

      Edited to add:

      Photo credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA
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      09-24-2012 11:15 AM #17
      This is pretty cool -- in-flight audio & video (including some brief ATC comms) from one of the F/A-18 chase planes:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkhI4QFaBmE
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      10-01-2012 04:45 PM #18
      "As retired Shuttles majestically grace our cityscapes, we shed a silent tear, not for the end of an era but for the absence of a new one." -- Neil deGrasse Tyson
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      10-01-2012 09:48 PM #19
      who's driving the dreambus?

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      10-02-2012 09:14 PM #20
      Can someone talk about what's different if anything about the 747 used to move the shuttle over the standard people carrier?

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      10-03-2012 12:47 AM #21
      .....yes
      who's driving the dreambus?

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      10-07-2012 12:45 AM #22
      From what memory serves... They are just hollowed out and reinforced, to have the shuttle on the back. Oh and the extra tail fins, which I BELIEVE are there incase the Shuttle detaches in flight and knocks the tail off. That might be false. I know one is a former JAL 747 (short range) and the other is an ex American 747-123.

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      10-08-2012 06:40 PM #23
      For California peeps, details on the route from LAX to the Science Center, this Thursday (late night) thru Saturday.

      http://lotsinspace.blogspot.com/2012...ails-tips.html



      Wikipedia has a great article on the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, btw. Not sure about those extensions on the horiz stabilizers -- never heard that. Always assumed they were there for additional directional stability.

      I think we had a thread here about the SCAs a while ago, too.
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      10-08-2012 06:42 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Cathay Pacific View Post
      From what memory serves... They are just hollowed out and reinforced, to have the shuttle on the back. Oh and the extra tail fins, which I BELIEVE are there incase the Shuttle detaches in flight and knocks the tail off. That might be false. I know one is a former JAL 747 (short range) and the other is an ex American 747-123.
      Cool, thanx

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      10-12-2012 02:45 PM #25
      Best. Roadsign. Ever. (Even if it marks a sad occasion.)


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