Retired NASA pilot Frank Marlow can still remember how honored he felt when he flew the first shuttle carrier aircraft, NASA 905.

A NASA space shuttle was not the most expensive thing he ever carried on an aircraft — that distinction went to the glass for the Hubble Space Telescope — but it could have been the thing about which he was proudest, he said.

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DJ Alvarez

My father was a Flight Engineer on 905 when NASA took delivery of the aircraft from American Airlines in the 70's. I was fortunate to be at Edwards AFB when the Enterprise did it's first free flight in 1977. His last shuttle carry was the Challenger on it's final trip from California to Florida in 1985. Of all the aircraft he served as Flight Engineer, 905 was his most favorite. He retired in 1986.

Kimberly Worner

I bet you heard the best stories, DJ. Thank you for sharing your memories with us.

George Croix

The new exhibit will be a great reminder of when America was at her best, and the thrill of thinking that the next adventure, the next accomplishment, the next generation and beyond would be better than what we had at that time was pervasive.

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