Raising the Space Ship

During and after my volunteer shift at the Museum of Flight yesterday, I watched the exhibits team reassemble and then install a 1:1 model of SpaceShipOne.  The real one is an experimental air-launched rocket-powered aircraft with suborbital flight capability.  SpaceShipOne completed the first human piloted private spaceflight in 2004. That same year, it won the  Ansari X Prize and was immediately retired from active service.   It was designed by Burt Rutan and largely ($25M) funded by Paul Allen.

Re-installing the wings.

Raised to it’s exhibit location, to the left of and above the FFT, Space Shuttle Trainer.

Lots more photos: https://redharp.smugmug.com/MKB/2016-0915-SpaceShipOne/

Below it is the astronaut statue and the nose of the FFT, Space Shuttle Trainer.  I was told this model was used in the move, The Internship.



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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One Response to Raising the Space Ship

  1. You do such a great job sketching planes. Nice!!!

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