Video of Space shuttle launch from airliner

F-14D

I really did change my personal text
Senior Member
Joined
Oct 4, 2007
Messages
1,869
Reaction score
449
This fellow was certainly impressed.

http://gizmodo.com/5036953/guy-films-space-shuttle-launch-from-passing-airliner
 

Abraham Gubler

ACCESS: Top Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Mar 18, 2008
Messages
3,549
Reaction score
320
Another great moment in the eloquence of aerospace travel:

“And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and Holy Smokes look how fast its going...”
 

Archibald

ACCESS: Above Top Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2006
Messages
7,350
Reaction score
6,358
I've first seen this video on the nasa board - and loved it!-
 

sferrin

ACCESS: USAP
Senior Member
Joined
Jun 3, 2011
Messages
14,756
Reaction score
3,734
According to those at sci.space.history it was a Delta II.
 

Helodriver

ACCESS: Restricted
Joined
Aug 26, 2008
Messages
7
Reaction score
3
I agree with the Delta II assessment. I used to watch these often and fly helicopter air support for these from Vandenberg AFB in the late 1990s. The small puff of the air lit solid boosters suddenly appearing 1 minute into flight as the ground lit solids taper off is distinctive in a Delta II launch., as is the acceleration off the pad. The poor videography makes it hard to see, but a Delta II is what we're watching here.
 
Top