Goodbye Queen SOFIA! NASA's Boeing 747 makes its final flight
A legacy for the investigation of the cosmos and astrophysics was completed, after the SOFIA flying observatory, a Boeing 747SP that was modified as the Infrared Astronomy Stratospheric Observatory, was put to an end after almost 9 years of research. This great machine that housed and transported one of the largest telescopes in the world with a 2.7-meter reflector, was a project of the German SOFIA Institute (DLR) and the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley that, since the In 2016, they began to carry out at least 100 scientific missions for the discovery of new planets, observations, birth and death of stars, formation of new solar systems, identification of complex molecules in space, asteroids, nebulae, among dozens of observations. plus. On the morning of December 13, NASA's Boeing 747SP, registration N747NA, took off for the last time from the Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California (PMD), to Tucson, Arizona (DMA), where it will be dismantled and put into service. at the Pima Air & Space Museum, home to at least 425 aircraft from around the world and where each of them keeps a great story. Undoubtedly, the Boeing 747SP SOFIA will be remembered by scientists and workers as one of the most valuable machines for the investigation of the cosmos and life; for aviation a bulwark that will now be admired and remembered from the Pima Air & Space Museum, where they are preparing to present it to the world. The history of this plane dates back to 1977, the year in which it made its first flight. The manufacturer Boeing delivered it to its client, it was the emblematic Pan Am under the registration N563PA, which operated it from 1977 to 1986, to later pass into the hands of United Airlines with the registration N145UA. Years later, in 1997, NASA took possession of the plane under the registration number N747NA, the same one it wears today, after almost 46 years of being built and operated.
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