The first launch of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft 905 - a converted Boeing 747-123 passenger aircraft - with the Space Shuttle Enterprise attached to its back took place in 1977. During five test flights the space shuttle was disconnected from the SCA 905 in order to test the flight and landing characteristics of the orbiter. The Enterprise landed of its own accord after its approach glide. By the end of the Space Shuttle program the American National Aviation and Space Agency (NASA) had conducted more than 220 piggy backmissions with the SCA 905. During its last missions, the Discovery , the Enterprise and the Endeavour were transferred to various museums. On 17 March 2012 SCA 905 landed at Dulles International Airport with the Space Shuttle Discovery . The Space Shuttle is now on permanent display in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.
Space Shuttle:- Textured Surfaces- Moving Beaver-tail-Rudder- 3 Main Thrusters- Rear Engine Cover- Authentic Discovery Decals
Boeing 747 SCA:- Textured Surfaces- 4 Detailed Engines- Detailed Under-Carriage- Under-Carriage in the extended or retracted position- Additional Side Rear Stabilizers- Shuttle Supporting Cradle- Authentic decal set for following versions:- Boeing 747 SCA 905 with Space Shuttle Discovery , May 2012