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Old 11-14-2006, 04:17 PM   #16
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To me, the last link doesn't explain the dates in photos or the bit of cockpit or shroud in photos. Fwiw. But I don't think they were made from a small plane. Wonder how high? Altitude!
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Old 11-14-2006, 04:21 PM   #17
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65,000 ft for the above plane. http://suborbital.nasa.gov/platforms...aft/wb-57.html
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Old 11-15-2006, 06:57 AM   #18
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Good find, that's an interesting plane. Good design, but poor material choices led to premature wing cracking and expensive repairs, so only the two given to NASA by the Air Force are still flying.
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Old 11-15-2006, 07:01 AM   #19
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To me, the last link doesn't explain the dates in photos or the bit of cockpit or shroud in photos. Fwiw. But I don't think they were made from a small plane. Wonder how high? Altitude!
I agree, buster. Seriously doubt they are from the imaging system but the pilot probably had a personal camera with him.
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Old 12-13-2006, 11:50 AM   #20
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its really amazin' , never seen a shuttle launch from above, but is that really a shuttle launch? if yes, whats the aeroplane (the guy taking the pics probably is in an aeroplane) doing in space?
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... whats the aeroplane (the guy taking the pics probably is in an aeroplane) doing in space?
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