Boeing B-747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft SCA WOOD MODEL. Is finely handmade from kiln-dried Wood Mahogany and skillfully hand-painted by gifted artists.
It is 12.00" in Length, with 10.20" Wingspan, weighing 0.44 pounds, and a package weight of about 2.20 pounds. The picture shown in this listing is part of a set of photos we are using as reference for the production of the models. Each model comes with a wooden stand.Direct from our highly gifted Craftsmen & Artists, Each model is Individually Sculptured and Painted by hand, Not Mass-produced and there is No Reserve! ABOUT US: MyAsianArt is an Art & Antiques Gallery based in Manila, Philippines promoting historical items & featuring local skilled artisans and painters specializing in high quality ARTWORKS (HAND-PAINTED Oil Paintings and Sculptures), model ships, model planes & toy models and Handicrafts from Asia. We have been doing business WORLDWIDE for more that 8 years.
NASA uses two modified B747 jetliners, originally manufactured for commercial use, as Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA). One is a 747-100 model (NASA 905), while the other is a short range 747-100SR (NASA 911). The two aircraft are identical in appearance and performance. The 747 series of aircraft are four-engine intercontinental-range, swept-wing "jumbo jets" that entered commercial service in 1969.The two SCAs are under the operational control of NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX. The SCAs are used to ferry Space Shuttle orbiters from landing sites back to the Kennedy Space Center launch complex in Florida and also to and from other locations too distant for the orbiters to be delivered by ground transportation. An orbiter is placed atop the SCA by a Mate-Demate Device (MDD), a large gantry-like structure that hoists the orbiter off the ground for post-flight servicing, and then mates it with the SCA for ferry flights. Features which distinguish the two SCAs from standard 747 jetliners are: · Three struts, with associated interior structural strengthening, protrude from the top of the fuselage (one forward, two aft) on which the orbiter is attached · Two additional vertical stabilizers, one on each end of the standard horizontal stabilizer, to enhance directional stability · Removal of all interior furnishings and equipment aft of the forward cabin doors · Instrumentation used by SCA flight crews and engineers to monitor orbiter electrical loads during the ferry flights and also during pre- and post-ferry flight operations. NASA 905 NASA 905 was obtained from American Airlines in 1974 and became the first SCA.
Shortly after it was accepted by NASA it was flown in a series of wake vortex research flights at the Dryden Flight Research Center in a study to seek ways of reducing turbulence produced by large aircraft. Pilots flying as much as several miles behind large aircraft have encountered wake turbulence that have caused control problems. The NASA study helped the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) modify flight procedures for commercial aircraft during airport approaches and departures. This series of eight captive and five free flights with the orbiter prototype Enterprise, in addition to ground taxi tests, validated the aircraft's performance as an SCA, in addition to verifying the glide and landing characteristics of the orbiter configuration paving the way for orbital flights.
The item "B-747 NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Desktop Dry Wood Model Free Shipping Regular" is in sale since Tuesday, January 29, 2008. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Transportation\Aviation\Military Aircraft\Desk & Shelf Models". The seller is "myasianart" and is located in Manila. This item can be shipped worldwide.