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NASA’s original jumbo jet that was used to ferry the space shuttles around the country has landed at Ellington Field in Houston, where it is to stay.

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), referred to using its tail number, NASA 905, was most recently used to fly space shuttle Endeavour to Los Angeles in September. The 747 jetliner was seen by millions of people as it made its way from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to California, where it performed a scenic flyover of the state with the Endeavour riding piggyback.

After Endeavour was offloaded, the SCA took off from Los Angeles International Airport, without fanfare, on what was reported to be its final flight: a 20 minute trip to NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in southern California. There, it was to join its sister SCA, NASA 911, as a parts donor for another of NASA’s 747 jetliner-based programs, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). … (CollectSpace)

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