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aerohead 04-17-2012 05:54 PM

Boat Tail over Nation's Capitol
 
Taxpayers in Washington D.C. got a final glimpse of a performing boat tail as NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery made a few overflights during its final flight atop its 747 carrier en route to Dulles Airport and Smithsonian Museum.
Perhaps Steven Chu was looking up and got a clue.Perhaps not.
PS 'the things that pass for knowledge I can't understand.' Becker & Fagen

t vago 04-17-2012 06:46 PM

http://www.cfnews13.com/content/dam/...axi-4-0417.JPG

HyperMileQC 04-17-2012 06:59 PM

Something like this happened in montreal in 1983. Enterprise, the prototype spaceshuttle fixed to a B-747, had a flight over montreal and its metropolitain region.

http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/2499/shuttle.png

BamZipPow 04-17-2012 08:14 PM

It takes a whole day to attach that tail cone on the shuttle... ;)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C55ukk9Fqq0

ProDarwin 04-17-2012 10:24 PM

I saw it fly over work several times between 9:45 and 11:00. I work just at the northern edge of Dulles Airport. Cool sight to see... being an astronaut was every kids dream back when I was in elementary school.

larrybuck 04-18-2012 12:07 AM

A final tooting the horn as it were; honoring those who voted to spend the money that it took!

I'm not against the space programs, just thinking about people in power positions sometimes go overboard in patting themselves on the back, so to speak.

KamperBob 04-18-2012 07:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aerohead (Post 301251)
Taxpayers in Washington D.C. got a final glimpse of a performing boat tail as NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery made a few overflights during its final flight atop its 747 carrier en route to Dulles Airport and Smithsonian Museum.
Perhaps Steven Chu was looking up and got a clue.Perhaps not.
PS 'the things that pass for knowledge I can't understand.' Becker & Fagen

Interesting. I was a fan of the shuttle program and feel sad about its end. More casual than hard core so I missed the tail cones. I wonder if it was to (a) reduce drag for piggy backing, (b) protect the rockets, or (c) both. If (a) it seems steeper than ideal per template but top view would help complete the picture. It also occurs to me that two streamline bodies in close proximity might be something that NASA analyzed at some point so it seems naturally curious to ponder what they might've published that might be of interest to us in the ground effect game. Interesting indeed. Thanks, Phil.

ChazInMT 04-18-2012 08:16 AM

How things behave in free air are different than ground effect, you can't compare them directly.

euromodder 04-18-2012 08:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HyperMileQC (Post 301265)
Something like this happened in montreal in 1983. Enterprise, the prototype spaceshuttle fixed to a B-747, had a flight over montreal and its metropolitain region.

NASA have been on a European tour with the Shuttle - I've seen it fly overhead as a young kid, apparently in June 1983.

The Spokesman-Review - Google News Archive Search

skyking 04-18-2012 09:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChazInMT (Post 301413)
How things behave in free air are different than ground effect, you can't compare them directly.

In one way they are identical. That big bluff flat area is bad either way, unless you have a bazajillion pounds of thrust filling the void :P


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