Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

Country of Origin: United States
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Type: Space Shuttle airlift transport Manufacturer: Boeing
Armor Material: Aluminum, stainless steel, titanium Armor Thickness: n/a
Length: 70.5 m Wingspan: 59.7 m
Maximum Speed: 735 kph Weight: 322,000 kg (max takeoff weight)
Powerplant: 4 x Pratt and Whitney JT9D-7J turbofans Thrust: 22,676 kg static thrust each

Size: 23 Total Actions: 3

No weapons fitted

Primary Movement: Flight 9/22/25 (750 kph) Secondary Movement: Ground 25/50 (300 kph)
Maneuver: -4 Armor: 21 / 42 / 63

Crew: 4 (Pilot, Copilot, 2 Flight Engineers) Deployment Range: 10,100 km
Sensors: 0 / 3 km ground, 30 km air Communications: -1 / 20 km ground, 200 km air
Perks: Autopilot, Backup Communcations, Cargo Bay (155.6 cubic meters, passenger seats removed from most of aircraft interior), Passenger Seats (16, nose seating retained after conversion) Flaws: Maximum Ceiling (8000 m), Maximum Climbing Angle (Rating 3), Poor Towing Capacity, Requires Airstrip
Defects: None Lemon Dice: 2

With the delivery of Endeavour to Los Angeles in September 2012 and the conclusion of Shuttle ferry flights, both aircraft were retired from service.
SCA aircraft N911NA was set aside to provide spare parts for NASA's SOFIA program. The other aircraft, N905NA, was transferred to Space Center Houston to become part of the static exhibit at Independence Plaza.

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