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Space Shuttle X-Country Back to Florida

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Anybody know where the stops are on this trip? I'm guessing its kept from the public. I saw online somewhere they make a large arch with the flight back, like going around through KC, STL, and BNA. Anyone know why they would they take this route? Looks like they'll try early Friday morning if they don't have any more delays.
 

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I found a great article on the shuttle and it's 747 counter-part while searching for the information you were asking about.

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/missions/discover_plane_001122.html

Got a lot of great information about how it all goes down!

As for where its landing enroute, I know in the past it's landed in Offut AFB Nebraska, Davis-Mothan In Tucson, Fort Bliss, TX, and even DFW in 1989 after having to divert for weather. I would think it would all have to do with where the more favorable the weather was as to where it would stop over enroute. NASA tends to use only Air Force Bases as there stop-over points.
 
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Thanks for the website User997. That has a lot of interesting info about the trip. I would've thought they'd beef up the inside of the plane to carry the weight of the shuttle on top, but I guess not.
 

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Yeah...probably weather dictated.

But they probably have a primary, with somebody backing them up, and somebody backing them up, and somebody backing them up, and somebody backing them up...and so on...and so forth...
 

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I know for a fact they've stopped at KSPS before. Our 13k' runway helps, of course.
 

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They've also landed at Ft. Campbell, KY, home of the US Army's 101st Airborne Division.
 

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I've visited it in Houston at KEFD when it RON'd there before. It allowed the employees at Johnson Space Center to see it in person.
 

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It passed over DRK VOR in Arizona this morning. 12,000 ft I believe.
 

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NEWSFLASH!!

I was talking to a Flight Service Briefer this morning for a VFR Cross Country, and I asked her specifically about whether or not they publish the route and if there was any flight restrictions around it when it does and lands.

She said it was scheduled to land at Altus AFB in Altus, Oklahoma this afternoon. She said there was no restrictions that she was aware of, and it'd been so long since she had last dealt with one, she didn't know whether or not to expect one.

She also mentioned that it had landed previously at Tinker AFB in OKC as well. (To keep the list going above.)
 

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doug_or said:
It passed over DRK VOR in Arizona this morning. 12,000 ft I believe.
12,000 feet sounds a little low! Isn't the elevation up there around 5 to 6,000 feet?? On top of that the fuel burn would've been horrendous at that low of an altitude!
 

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User997 said:
12,000 feet sounds a little low! Isn't the elevation up there around 5 to 6,000 feet?? On top of that the fuel burn would've been horrendous at that low of an altitude!
Maybe thats why they have to stop, to refuel? :)
 

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User997 said:
12,000 feet sounds a little low! Isn't the elevation up there around 5 to 6,000 feet?? On top of that the fuel burn would've been horrendous at that low of an altitude!


might be a bit rough on the orbiter up at FL430 and 475kts.

gas-cheap
shuttles-expensive
 

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Gulfstream 200 said:
might be a bit rough on the orbiter up at FL430 and 475kts.

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Pffffffffftttttttttt....the shuttle does 25,000 MPH in space!

Oh wait..friction...atmosphere...right. :D
 

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In '85 or '86, I was awakened while camped at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and witnessed it flying REALLY low over us. Man, was that a cool wakeup call!
 

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The guys in Seminoles were getting out of its way, so.......

Seems like that would be max IFR alt if they were restricted due to o2.(not saying thats the case)

edet: smelling
 

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Might be too heavy to go any higher. Empty weight on the orbiter is in the neighborhood of 227,000lbs. One gallon of jet fuel will push the Orbiter and transporter about 231 feet down the airway. Also can not have any visible moisture en route.
 

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FlightID: NASA905
Status: FILED
Filed With: KZFW - Dalls/Fort Worth, TX
Equipment: /B747/I
Proposed Departure Time: 2030Z
Departing: LTS ALTUS AFB
Destination: BAD BARKSDALE AFB
Route of Flight: LTS.ODILL5.SPS..FUZ..TXK191045..CADOZ..BAD/0130
ETA: 2228
Speed: 0310
Altitude: 150
 

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Good find Awesom-o! Mind sharing the site you got that info from?
 
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