Flying the tandem arrangement is no easy feat; extra attention, for instance, has to be paid during takeoff and in-flight turns. "It's obvious [the orbiter] is up there, because there's a constant rumble that you can feel because of the wake of the orbiter hitting the vertical stabilizer of the 747," SCA pilot Gordon Fullerton said in a NASA article from 2005. But otherwise, he said, "it handles remarkably the same" as an unencumbered 747.
February 25, 2011 6:26 AM PST
Photo by: NASA
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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