Wanted: A Farewell Tour for the space shuttles

11 thoughts on “Wanted: A Farewell Tour for the space shuttles”

  1. There’s gold in them thar hills!
    Actually lucky enough to see two landings. Used to camp a lot near Joshua Tree (no it’s NOT just the name of a well known Irish Band’s album) and happened upon it twice.
    Like your idea 🙂

    1. I’ve always lived in the middle of the country. I’ve never seen a launch, or a shuttle, or any of that cool stuff. And it’s highly unlikely that I’ll ever get to a museum in Washington, LA, or Florida. I envy your sightings (and Joshua Tree, too).

  2. What a nice idea, PT! Unfortunately I suspect it isn’t practical. Mounting a space shuttle on top of the 747 SCA (Shuttle Carrier Aircraft) made for a configuration that strained the operational envelope and restricted its range to only 1,000 miles. This tells me that when carrying a shuttle it likely requires a runway length not found at a normal airport. Plus, mating and de-mating the shuttle is a big deal requiring a special team and special equipment. I include a link to the Wiki page for the SCA.

    1. My point is that once it’s mated, since that’s such a huge undertaking, leave it mated and fly it around the country — in hops of 1,000 miles or less. Don’t de-mate at each stop. Just park for a while and let people come look. Surely there are enough Air Force bases around, or other facilities with adequate runways, to visit a large part of the country, with low flights over areas where they can’t actually land.

      1. I would like to see it too, and especially to get inside it, but there aren’t any scaffolds built to handle that. However, if you can get ’em to come, I’ll be there with bells on!!

      2. Yeah, I’ll get right on that. Let’s see, I need to talk to the Air Force in Colorado Springs, NASA, probably DHS, the president ….

      3. So agree. It’s just sad to us who remember the “space race” and how NASA grew from ideas and rented office space to multiple locations/ command centers. It would be a good use of fuel to fly them and let tax payers get up close – might help the space program…oh, that’s probably it…shove it off quietly and get it out of sight. Loss of a dream

      4. You’re probably right. Just get rid of them quietly. Don’t make a big spectacle of ending the most inspriing program this country has ever seen. Don’t call undue attention to ending the program that fueled the imaginations of a generation. So sad.

... and that's my two cents