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  2. Gatorrari

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    That was the big hump on the top of the fuselage? I saw that airplane sitting near the Museum of Flight for many years.
     
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    Yep, that was it.
     
  4. That’s some cool work to be involved in!


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    If you’ve ever watched discoveries’ mighty planes show they did an episode on that 747. Pretty cool.


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    Not the same thing.
     
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    What is it? I know that the AOA was installed in a full sized 747 but guessed that this may be some kind of offshoot.
     
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    Google is your friend, Bob;)

    https://www.globalsecurity.org/space/systems/aoa.htm
    SDI program for tracking incoming targets.


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    The AF bought a brand new 747-400F for the Airborne Laser System, and once things starting going well, cancelled the program.
     
  13. tritone

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    And Dale Brown was pissed !
     
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    A really good assignment. I had the job of putting everything together on the configuration drawings , inboard profile, etc. Required redesigning the routing and installation of all the systems that were disturbed by the laser telescope installation and the laser telescope installation itself. I did an illustration of the airplane that appeared in Aviation Week , also.
     
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    The AOA was a laser telescope that, located, tracked, and zapped incoming missiles. Big, heavy, and required huge amounts of power.....and money.
     
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    My painting that appeared in Aviation Week showed the initial configuration of the cupola before it went to a blade-tail config..
     
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  18. Gatorrari

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    It certainly "uglified" a good-looking airplane!
     

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