Space Shuttle Discovery Landing(Updated Pictures Pg. 2)

Photos of operational aircraft from bases, airports and "spotter" outings
User avatar
hunterxf382
Posts: 1663
Joined: Sun 31 Aug 2008, 10:36 pm
Location: West Midlands
Contact:

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by hunterxf382 »

garethbrum wrote:Great shots.
The orbiter needs to slow to around 260mph for gear retraction I believe and she touches down at around 210mph.


I hope you mean gear extension Gareth..... :oops: retracting it might make for some tile damage..... :biggrin:

Back to the photos - simply stunning indeed..... Not a sight seen by very many - especially that close :shock: :shock:
Pete Buckingham
Volunteer in Aviation
Former RAF Engineer
http://hunterxf382.weebly.com/

User avatar
TheDuck
Posts: 614
Joined: Wed 25 Feb 2009, 8:17 pm

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by TheDuck »

What a machine the Space Shuttle is. Great captures of it as well. :clap:

User avatar
Darren Currie
Posts: 87
Joined: Thu 02 Oct 2008, 11:16 am

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by Darren Currie »

Great captures of a rare opportunity - Wow!

User avatar
Arthur Tee
Posts: 1170
Joined: Mon 15 Sep 2008, 1:42 pm
Location: Shawbury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by Arthur Tee »

Sorry lads - but it beats the hell out of those other gliders at Portmoak and Dunstable! :grin:

Top shots!!! :clap:

Arthur
Canon PowerShot SX40HS - It's not what you've got - it's what you do with it!

garethbrum

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by garethbrum »

hunterxf382 wrote:
garethbrum wrote:Great shots.
The orbiter needs to slow to around 260mph for gear retraction I believe and she touches down at around 210mph.


I hope you mean gear extension Gareth..... :oops: retracting it might make for some tile damage..... :biggrin:

Back to the photos - simply stunning indeed..... Not a sight seen by very many - especially that close :shock: :shock:


Absolutely mate - you're quite right of course! :dummy:

PS See you at the weekend!

User avatar
whitus1
Posts: 282
Joined: Sun 21 Sep 2008, 3:18 pm

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by whitus1 »

pretty impressive well done! :clap:
keep flying

User avatar
Buccaneer
Posts: 138
Joined: Mon 01 Sep 2008, 12:22 am
Location: Runway 27R

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by Buccaneer »

Stunning shots..................

User avatar
danspuggti
Posts: 636
Joined: Tue 21 Apr 2009, 1:03 pm
Location: Stourbridge, West Midlands

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by danspuggti »

:clap: :clap: :clap:

That's about all I've got to say really other than "jammy git" :biggrin:
Same old sh*t.............just happening on a different day!!!

User avatar
138EAW
Posts: 5015
Joined: Sun 31 Aug 2008, 7:56 pm
Location: South Lincolnshire

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by 138EAW »

Fantastic :drool: :drool: :topbombing:
Gary

Rory76
Posts: 1607
Joined: Sun 31 Aug 2008, 11:38 am
Location: Brummagem

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by Rory76 »

My ideal response would probably get censored, so I'll settle for :drool: ing!

I'd rate these in the top ten of anything I've seen on here if they were shot on a ropy camera-phone, once in a lifetime doesn't even cover the subject matter, but they're really well shot too.

First one's my favourite tho, a rarity even in this collection, don't think I recall ever seeing a clean shot of the shuttle on finals.
Ricoh Caplio R5

Sony A300 ('L' Plates Fitted)

User avatar
^^Gord^^
Posts: 296
Joined: Sun 31 Aug 2008, 12:24 pm
Location: Nottingham
Contact:

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by ^^Gord^^ »

Awesome! :clap:

User avatar
CH2
Posts: 1657
Joined: Sun 31 Aug 2008, 2:04 pm
Location: somewhere next to st24
Contact:

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by CH2 »

fg1 wrote:How do you top that? Amazing!!! :clap:


Aside a miracle flight of an SR71, you don't. Fantastic post, a first on UKAR? :topbombing: :rock:

The Shuttle maybe looking its age, but to replace it with something that looks like a reject from the Apollo programme is nuts. :sad:
Cheers,

Chris

User avatar
Tim Holden
Posts: 299
Joined: Sun 31 Aug 2008, 11:13 pm
Location: Stowmarket

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by Tim Holden »

I have been to Florida for two takeoffs (both aborted) and 1 landing when I got the wrong day and heard the sonic booms whilst on the hulk ride at universal studios!

Stunning Pics mate. :clap: Consider me officially envious. I just watched the official NASA video of the landing. Were you standing between runway markers 4 & 5 wearing a blue top? If so you are in the official video. Man you were close!! lucky devil :shock:

Tim
Pessimists are never dissapointed.

User avatar
chrisward123
Posts: 2540
Joined: Thu 12 Feb 2009, 12:10 pm
Location: Preston

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by chrisward123 »

Brill pictures! something you don't see everyday :rock:
2021 - Hopefully RIAT!

User avatar
NeilH68
Posts: 973
Joined: Sat 20 Sep 2008, 10:08 pm
Location: Essex

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by NeilH68 »

Stunning photos...

User avatar
Lomcevak26
Posts: 1800
Joined: Sun 31 Aug 2008, 6:20 pm
Location: North Devon
Contact:

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by Lomcevak26 »

What an opportunity! Very well captured and, yep, shot of the week for sure! Many thanks for posting. :biggrin:

GBloore
Posts: 72
Joined: Mon 01 Sep 2008, 6:55 am

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by GBloore »

danspuggti wrote::clap: :clap: :clap:

That's about all I've got to say really other than "jammy git" :biggrin:



I can not thank you all enough for your kind words and praise. As many of you can imagine, clearly the chance of a lifetime.

The great thing about being from the US(aside from the idiotic yanks that ruin peoples shows at Duxford) is that I have no idea what some of the terms/praise means. What is "jammy git" ?

I have some more shots of after the landing and the euipment used to maintain/check the shuttle which I will post in another thread later.

Thanks again,

Glenn

User avatar
Wes_Howes
Posts: 3801
Joined: Wed 03 Sep 2008, 8:39 am
Contact:

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by Wes_Howes »

Jammy git - you very lucky individual :grin:

Just echoing the sentiments here, great shots :clap: nothing else can be said really :smile:

User avatar
Worldnis
Posts: 65
Joined: Tue 27 Jan 2009, 12:44 pm
Location: Netherlands
Contact:

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by Worldnis »

Glenn,

Congratulations on your shots. I was fortunate to have seen this in '83 alas way before decent lenses and digital cams.
Did the shuttle stay on the runway for most of the day or have they 'cleaned up' this procedure?

Rob Nispeling

http://www.karo-aviation.nl
Prepare for the next mission, Darling.

GBloore
Posts: 72
Joined: Mon 01 Sep 2008, 6:55 am

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

Post by GBloore »

Rob,

The Shuttle stays on the runway for a while after the landing. How long? I don't know, but I think it was quite some time.

Here are some shots the rollout and and chute, the post landing clean up work and equipment, the Security Helo and the Gulfstream that was shooting approaches prior to landing to finalize settigns for the orbiter and decide on what direction they would land. It is a highly modified Gulfstream. This is a quote from a gentleman named Rober Becker explaining the picture to someone.

"This is the space shuttle trainer. It's a highly modified Grumman Gulfstream G-II (G2). This aircraft has the ability to decend at a very steep angle due to the modifications. The thrust reversers can deploy in flight slowing the rate of decent, the ailerons will extend downward when the flaps are extended and the main landing gear can be extended without the nose gear as shown in this shot. All these mods allow the aircraft to simulate the high rate of decent that the space shuttle performs during it's landing approach. Another noteworthy mod done to this aircraft is in the cockpit. The left side is set up like the shuttle, whereas the right side is standard G-II."

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

User avatar
Bill16STN
Posts: 75
Joined: Sat 13 Sep 2008, 10:43 pm
Location: Near Stansted
Contact:

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing(Updated Pictures Pg. 2)

Post by Bill16STN »

SUPURB!!!

iskra750
Posts: 108
Joined: Tue 02 Sep 2008, 9:48 am
Location: Lincoln

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing(Updated Pictures Pg. 2)

Post by iskra750 »

WOW what a set of pictures, you are so lucky to get so close, well done.

Regards
Iskra750

The Spotting Copper
Coningsby Spotterwatch Co-ordinator

Copper2
Posts: 483
Joined: Thu 02 Apr 2009, 8:59 am

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing(Updated Pictures Pg. 2)

Post by Copper2 »

I like the helo from Barstow Dagget.
The others aint bad either :biggrin: :clap: :clap: :clap:

User avatar
failedmot
Posts: 19
Joined: Sun 09 Nov 2008, 8:59 pm

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing(Updated Pictures Pg. 2)

Post by failedmot »

Love the Shots and Thanks for Posting, Would love to see for myself..
Cheers...Willie :clap: :clap: :clap:

User avatar
Ashley Wallace
Posts: 91
Joined: Sun 31 Aug 2008, 12:15 pm

Re: Space Shuttle Discovery Landing(Updated Pictures Pg. 2)

Post by Ashley Wallace »

Does anybody know how long it takes for them to prepare the shuttle for transit back to Florida?