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Boeing 747-200 (N747NA)

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B747-SP21 N747NA

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Colin Seftel
This aircraft is actually a 747SP. It's about 40' shorter than the 747-200.
Not an expert, but I believe it's the one with the airborne telescope fitted under the large door at the back.
Pablo Rogina
Yes, Colin Seftel you're right. It's a B747SP. We can see 3 doors on the port side (left) as one was removed due to the big door added for the telescope (which opens on flight).
The B747-200 model has 5 doors on each side.
Karl Jackson
Great shot! Would love to see the interior! NASA's website has a picture with the door open: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/SOFIA/overview/index.html
skylab72
Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA
A significant rebuild from the original SP...
A unique aircraft with a unique job.
Rick Rodkey
Engines seem extra long.
Stephen Jensen
Fantastic observation instrument ! Great photo !
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