Boeing B747-123 (SCA) NASA N905NA Carrying the space shuttle Discovery

 

Boeing B747-123 (SCA) NASA N905NA Turning down the taxiway after touchdown

 
   

Boeing B747-123 (SCA) NASA N905NA Turning down the taxiway after touchdown

     
  General characteristics
  • Crew: 4: pilot, co-pilot, 2 flight engineers (1 flight engineer when not carrying Shuttle)
  • Length: 231 ft 4 in (70.5 m)
  • Wingspan: 195 ft 8 in (59.7 m)
  • Height: 63 ft 5 in (19.3 m)
  • Wing area: 5,500 ft (510 m)
  • Empty weight: 318,000 lb (144,200 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 710,000 lb (322,000 kg)
  • Powerplant: 4 P&W JT9D-7J turbofans, 50,000 lbf (222 kN) each

Performance

  • Cruise speed: Mach 0.6 (397 knots, 457 mph, 735 km/h)
  • Range: 1,150 mi (1,000 nmi, 1,850 km)while carrying Shuttle
  • Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,500 m) (with Shuttle)

 

 

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