Brandon Farris reports from Seattle's Museum of Flight.
Photos Brandon Farris & Keith Draycott
Under typically gray, Pacific Northwest skies, thousands of aviation enthusiasts joined government dignitaries at Seattle's Boeing Field to witness the arrival of NASA's Space Shuttle Crew Trainer. Seattle's Musum of Flight was successful in bidding for the Crew Trainer when the Space Shuttle was retired from active service.
The 1960's vintage Super Guppy used to transport the Crew Trainer from Houston carried out a single fly-past over the airfield then departed to the local area for a photo shoot with Clay Lacy in his Learjet. Interestingly, Clay was one of the original test pilots on the aircraft back in the 60s. After around 20 minutes the Super Guppy was lined up on finals for Boeing Field's runway 13Right and after a safe, if smokey landing was met by members of staff from the Museum of Flight, the Crew Trainers new owners.