When 2 Giants Meet : 747 Modified to Carry the Space Shuttle Lands at Airport to Refuel

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Footage of the Space Shuttle Endeavor and Shuttle Carrier stopping for fuel at Biggs Army Airfield. The Space Shuttle was carried by the famous SCA ex 747 plane.

The shuttle carrier aircraft ( or SCA), is the name of two Boeing 747-100 modified to carry the Space Shuttle. The latter being much too big to be put in the hold, it is set on the roof of the SCA.

These aircraft are used primarily to move the shuttle landing strip them to their launch pad at Kennedy Space Center. When the program began, it has served to validate the glide tests.

The 747 is not the only aircraft to have served as a carrier of a space shuttle, the Antonov An-225 Mriya and Myassichtchev vm does Atlante also played this role for the Soviet Buran project.

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