In 1983 NASA flew the Enterprise space shuttle
"mock up" to London on the back of a 747 Jumbo. The Enterprise was used
for free flight tests but was not capable of a real launch.
||Fly-past down the River Thames, watched by large crowds
along the river bank despite arriving an hour or so late.
||On the ground at London's Stanstead airport, note the
aerodynamic fairing over the shuttle main engine pods.
Then the following year I was travelling in the US and had a couple of days
at the World Exposition in New Orleans - not a very inspiring couple of days as
I remember as it was very hot & humid and my budget did not stretch to an
air-conditioned room! Anyhow the Enterprise was on display and I was able to get
some very close up pictures of an "almost real" shuttle.