17 April 2012

Discovery and NASA 905 land at Dulles International Airport, 17 April 2012. (NASA)
Discovery and NASA 905 land at Dulles International Airport, 17 April 2012. (NASA)

17 April 2012: Orbital Vehicle 103, the Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted to NASA 905, a Boeing 747-100 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, arrived at Dulles International Airport.

On 19 April, Discovery was placed on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum.

Discovery at the National Air and Space Museum. (NASM)
Discovery at the National Air and Space Museum. (NASM)

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3 thoughts on “17 April 2012

  1. Hello Bryan,

    Where do I start – I love aircraft and history and I cherish this, your site. And even better my wife loves this as well, and, she asked me a question that I can not answer so, I ask you: what is the plane in the background of the title image?

    Respectively yours,
    David Zeitlin

    1. Thank you very much David, I really appreciate it. The airplane in the title photo is the North American Aviation NA-73X, NX19998, the Allison-powered prototype of the Royal Air Force Mustang Mk.I, and which would be developed into the XP-51 Mustang. The pilot is Robert Creed Chilton, the North American Aviation engineering test pilot who would conduct most of the P-51’s flight testing during World War II.

  2. I remember seeing Discovery being flown in, I great of her and the escort plane out of the driver window of my truck.

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