Shuttle Tire

As soon as Deb announced this week’s Urban Sketchers’ theme, I knew what I wanted to sketch!  The theme is also a new word for me: toroids.  She wrote, “A toroid is a round shape with a round hole in the middle. Think bangles, bagels, rings, and tires/tyres.”

Just installed last week at the Museum of Flight is a temporary exhibit from NASA: “Conquering Low Earth Orbit – A Shuttle Legacy Exhibit”.  The title piece for this is a TIRE!  That’s what I drew today along with a bit of background from the exhibit.

This is a “flight flown” Space Shuttle main gear tire from OV-102, Columbia.  From the info placque on the display:  “The space shuttle orbiter had two main landing gears under the wing and a nose landing gear under the cockpit with two smaller tires.  The main gear tires were inflated with nitroget to 315 psi. …  The main gear tires were used only one time each….”

And, yes, it’s Thursday so it must be a Museum of Flight sketch.  I’m so predictable!

About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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