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NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA)
Official Designation Model 747-100
Primary Role Shuttle carrier aircraft
National Origin USA
Original Contractor The Boeing Company
Operator NASA
Wingspan 195 feet, 8 inches (59.67m)
Length 231 feet, 10 inches (70.67m)
Height at Tail 63 feet, 5 inches (19.34m)
Armament None
Engines Four Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7J turbofans
Thrust 50,000 pounds (223kN) per engine
Cruise Speed 288 mph (463km/h; Mach 0.39)
Max Speed Unknown
Range Typical mated: 1,000 nm (1,852km);
Max unmated: 5,500 nm (10,186km)
Service Ceiling Typical mated: 13,000 to 15,000 feet (3,962 to 4,572m);
Unmated: 24,000 to 26,000 feet (7,315 to 7,925m)
Operating Weight NASA 905: 318,053 pounds (144,266kg);
NASA 911: 323,034 pounds (146,526kg)
Max Payload Unknown
Max Takeoff Weight 713,000 pounds (323,411kg)
Basic Crew Four
Date Deployed 1977
Total in Service Two aircraft
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