Millions of people watched with excitement as they saw the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft fly overhead with the Space Shuttle Orbiter attached. For thirty years, this unique sight inspired people worldwide and reflected American ingenuity. This video explains how the radical engineering idea transpired into reality and served as a vital part of the Space Shuttle Program for thirty years. The story begins with engineers at Johnson Space Center testing their concept and ends with the last mission of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft – delivering the orbiter Endeavour to its final destination.
Below is a video documenting the Mate/Demate Device at Dryden Flight Research Center and the process for loading the Shuttle Orbiter onto the SCA.