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Posted: 4/15/2006 10:32:27 AM EST
[Last Edit: 4/15/2006 10:34:16 AM EST by AyeGuy]
So my neighbor tells me that last Thursday night at 7pm a "Space Shuttle" was transported down a nearby street. It was loaded on two flatbed trucks, surrounded by cops, and he said it took them almost 30 minutes to make it around a corner due to the size of the thing.

Though vastly reduced in production activities now, Aerojet General was one of the biggest Space and Defence manufacturers in the world; the OMS motors for the Shuttle, and the rocket motor for most US Sidewinder missles were made here, not to mention the rocket motors for nearly every NASA planetary probe.

WTF. Okay, I live out by Aerojet, which I know is currently involved in several Space-related projects, and this might be connected with their new "SCRAMJET" hypersonic air-breating rocket engine; the engine is being built and tested here, so this might be the airframe to mount it in.

But, why take it down a surface street? Highway 50 runs right by Aerojet, not to mention the railroad line, which actually goes into the plant.

He did not make this up I'm sure, and is not a total non-technical idiot, since he was in the Army and worked for 30 years at the local army depot repairing military equipment, and Mather Air Base is nearby, so he is used to seeing regular airplanes. He saw SOMETHING; what was it? Not the STS Orbiter of course (way too big) but it was something out of the ordinary...

I WISH I HAD SEEN THIS MYSELF
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 10:35:25 AM EST
[Last Edit: 4/15/2006 10:35:34 AM EST by adair_usmc]
Maybe he saw one of the X71's

If Harry Stamper is missing, then you know we have a problem.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 10:37:16 AM EST
As a Space Shuttle Door Gunner I cannot confirm or deny that we are somewhere in Northern California.

Link Posted: 4/15/2006 10:45:37 AM EST
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 10:47:51 AM EST

Originally Posted By Napoleon_Tanerite:
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Link Posted: 4/15/2006 10:48:03 AM EST
[Last Edit: 4/15/2006 10:49:02 AM EST by AyeGuy]

Originally Posted By Napoleon_Tanerite:
this thread is worthless without pics etc.



No shit! I was wasting my time watching Survivor one block away when this thing rolled through!
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 10:48:28 AM EST
[Last Edit: 4/15/2006 10:49:41 AM EST by DukeSnookems]
Could have been any number of lifting body prototype vehicles that look somewhat similar to the shuttle. Too many to list, I worked on the X-38 myself but that thing was scrapped long time ago.

I seriously doubt it was a Space Shuttle orbiter being transported on your roads on a flatbed. The thing is enormous and weights +150,000 lbs empty.

BTW, STS technically refers to the complete system (orbiter, external tank, boosters) but normally is only used to describe missions (ie STS-98 was the mission in Feb 2001). People outside the space community often erroneously use it to describe the shuttle since the acronym stands for Space Transportation System. The correct term would be the OV (Orbiting Vehicle - ie OV-104 - Atlantis)
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 10:49:07 AM EST
It was an intergalatic RV on it's way back to Roswell for the annual Easter camping in the desert.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 10:49:45 AM EST
[Last Edit: 4/15/2006 10:49:59 AM EST by HarrySacz]
I heard it landed there because the doorgunner had taken small arms fire and needed a doctor.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 10:50:36 AM EST

Originally Posted By Gibby:
As a Space Shuttle Door Gunner I cannot confirm or deny that we are somewhere in Northern California.





I demand to see your uniform badge now!!!
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 10:51:13 AM EST
I said STS Orbiter. That is correct terminology I believe.

Perhaps I should just drive down to the main gate at Aerojet and ASK what it was, or contact their PR department.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 10:52:55 AM EST

Originally Posted By copterdoctor:
It was an intergalatic RV on it's way back to Roswell for the annual Easter camping in the desert.





did it look like that?
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 10:54:38 AM EST
Oh, and he said it was NOT under a tarp or anything. So it can't be that Secret.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 10:56:34 AM EST

Originally Posted By AyeGuy:
Oh, and he said it was NOT under a tarp or anything. So it can't be that Secret.



Either that, or they havent gotten around to neuralizing everyone yet.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 11:09:09 AM EST

Originally Posted By AyeGuy:
Oh, and he said it was NOT under a tarp or anything. So it can't be that Secret.



It would have been transported under a tarp and the shape would have been disguised in a way that you wouldn't be able to even guess what was underneath. Trust me.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 11:21:33 AM EST
if it fit in the road it was not the space shuttle.... some kinds of test wehicle id assume... the space shuttle is huge....
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 11:33:03 AM EST

Originally Posted By Orion_Shall_Rise:
if it fit in the road it was not the space shuttle.... some kinds of test wehicle id assume... the space shuttle is huge....



The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy center around here has the Enterprise in it. The shuttle Enterprise, that is.

It is fucking ENORMOUS. But it would definitely fit within a four-lane road.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 11:54:17 AM EST
"It" went down a two-lane road.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 11:58:40 AM EST
Its probably a scaled-down version for an exhibit.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 12:02:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By Chokey:
Its probably a scaled-down version for an exhibit.



Thats what I was thinking...You beat me to it.
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 12:14:26 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/15/2006 12:15:09 PM EST by kpel308]
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