747 and F/A-18 over midtown
Original post made by GMC on Jan 14, 2008
on Jan 14, 2008 at 1:00 pm
Frightening!!! I saw the same commercial jet with the military jet flying in Tandem!! The extremely low altitude (approx 2000ft), and the highly unusual direction of flight (SW)caught my attention immediately. Hope we'll have an answer soon...
on Jan 14, 2008 at 1:06 pm
It was me getting another free lunch at Google, my bad?
on Jan 14, 2008 at 2:30 pm
Flying laboratory draws attention near Moffett Field
By Leslie Griffy
Article Launched: 01/14/2008 01:41:19 PM PST
Seeing strange things in the sky near Moffett Field? Don't worry, it's not an unidentified flying object. But maybe it could spot one.
The mystery object is a modified Boeing 747 with an infrared telescope attached. Scientists have dubbed it the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy.
And SOFIA, as the observatory is known for short, stopped by the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett for a closed-to-the-public visit today.
SOFIA is currently based at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.
By attaching the telescope to a plane that can fly at 45,000 feet, scientists hope to get better images of space then they can capture with earthbound equipment.