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.

 

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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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