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This scale model of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with a Space Shuttle Orbiter on top is simply striking. The replica model is a tribute to the success of the American space program and displays incredible detail. The model arrives fully assembled with a handsome wood and metal base with NASA logo and descriptive plaque. Model scale is 1/144, with about a 19 ¼ inch wingspan and 16 ¼ inch length.
The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft or SCA as they were called were heavily modified B-747-100 aircraft that were converted to provide ferry service for the space shuttle orbiters. Weight was cut by stripping the cabin and the airframe was strengthened to handle the weight of the orbiter. Mounting struts were added and additional vertical stabilizers were added to the tail for stability. When flying with an orbiter fuel and altitude were severely affected. The range dropped from 5,500 nautical miles to only 1,000 nautical miles before refueling was required. Only two of the SCAs were ever built.
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Most in-stock items that are ordered with ground service are usually shipped within 2-business days of receipt of your order unless otherwise noted in the product description. We ship via FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service. You can expect to receive your order within 3-8 business days. The shipping costs for Alaska, Hawaii, APO and FPO addresses and outside the US may be more depending on what is ordered and how we ship. We will contact you via e-mail if shipping costs are higher. Your exact shipping charges will show up during the order process.
Tailwinds has a very fair and easy return and exchange policies. If a return or exchange is requested you can just email or call for a Return Authorization (RA) number. All returned or exchanged merchandise must be in new and unused condition and returned to Tailwinds within 30 days of delivery.
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