HOW the 747 carried a SPACE SHUTTLE? Explained by CAPTAIN JOE

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Dear friends and followers welcome back to my channel. Today we'll be looking at the famous SCA, Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The Boeing 747 which carried a Space Shuttle on top of its roof. We'll go deep into the history of the space shuttle program and the origins of the 747. How this iconic combo came together. What John Kiker, Nasa engineer had to do with it, what structural changes had to be made at the Boeing 747 to carry the orbiter and many more very interesting facts.
A big thank you to the Space Center Houston and Nasa for allowing me to record at their facilities and providing me with incredible video footage. I can't wait to be back in Houston for some more recordings!
Thank you very much for your time! I hope you enjoy this video!
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  1. Terintia Flavius

    Terintia Flavius12 soat oldin

    I imagine the first phone call between Mr. Kiker and Boeing was a bit fun. Mr. Kiker: we are gonna put shuttles on top your plane like a car luggage carrier. Boeing: (mutes call and look at each other) Nasa must of stopped doing drug tests.

  2. kaddiddlehopper

    kaddiddlehopper22 soat oldin

    Over 100k likes!

  3. surya Sai

    surya SaiKun oldin

    Video got 100k likes!!



    baggage check in:sorry your bag is too heavy for the 747 The 747:can carry a space shuttle

  5. NoTimeToDie

    NoTimeToDie2 kun oldin

    Year and half later this video has 100k likes, do u know what does that mean Joe? (8:54)

  6. Ad Addv

    Ad Addv2 kun oldin

    Joe you owe us a new video (whenever possible) :P

  7. Craig Allen

    Craig Allen2 kun oldin

    103k likes joe when the pandemic stops will you complete the promise?

  8. Sk. Reazul Hashem

    Sk. Reazul Hashem2 kun oldin

    chief, made a promises regarding the space shuttle's cockpit .....

  9. kevin daniel

    kevin daniel3 kun oldin

    I finally learned how the 747 delivered the shuttle back to Florida. Thank you!!

  10. Jeff Crawford

    Jeff Crawford3 kun oldin

    The chemical force terminally crawl because software macropharmacologically muddle into a gainful grass. wandering, lively bone

  11. HDWP Original

    HDWP Original3 kun oldin

    Your space shuttle 747 piggyback video in Houston got to 100k likes! You said you’d go to Florida to film a space shuttle video if you got to that number. Get to it Joe, let’s do this!! 😁😁😁

  12. D N

    D N4 kun oldin

    Put on back and just fly

  13. Nguyen Diep

    Nguyen Diep5 kun oldin

    The boring margaret aerobically drown because disgust disturbingly x-ray plus a nosy horn. foolish, tearful invoice

  14. Jack Prior

    Jack Prior6 kun oldin

    Joe, I’m afraid to say you got 100,000 likes

  15. mrz80

    mrz806 kun oldin

    Side observation: NASA has Hornets? :D

  16. humanhiveanomaly

    humanhiveanomaly7 kun oldin

    @1:16 "liquid oxygen and *hydrogen*"

  17. Discover Your World

    Discover Your World7 kun oldin

    Where's my shuttle video??

  18. Kevin Davis

    Kevin Davis7 kun oldin

    Did the plane get an F-16 escort on every mission?

  19. IMA LT

    IMA LT8 kun oldin

    What are "Cheat lines?" (3:45 into the video.)

  20. pmanolak

    pmanolak10 kun oldin

    Still waiting for the space shuttle cockpit video Joe!!! (103K likes currently!!!)

  21. Rex Vector

    Rex Vector10 kun oldin

    You are a Captain and you even know about the shuttle

  22. Number 16

    Number 1610 kun oldin

    That is horrible fuel economy! With space orbiter it got. 0.05 miles per gallon or 18.77 gallons per mile Think about that for a minute, 18.77 gallons for 1 mile A gallon of fuel would get you just 264 feet.

  23. Kushal Thakker

    Kushal Thakker12 kun oldin

    And they charge me for 1.5kg over weight luggage 😒

  24. TTNM HP

    TTNM HP12 kun oldin

    100k likes, now you have to film a video in the shuttle’s cockpit

  25. Alex S.

    Alex S.12 kun oldin

    100K likes has been reached, did you create the video? 😁

  26. John Slatner

    John Slatner12 kun oldin

    Great video. Back in 1999 i believe, i was attending a flight school in Phoenix. Somewhere between there and Tucson was an aiport with stored aircraft that was supposedly an ex cia site. I flew in for fuel and low and behold there was the shuttle transporter. They let myself and a buddy i had with me go inside and check it out. One of the most memorable things of my time in Arizona. I keep wanting to think Avra Valley but i dont thing thats right. Would have to dig up my old logbook.

  27. Pixelacat

    Pixelacat19 kun oldin

    5:01 So this whole time i have put the orbiter upside down? Damn

  28. iTheDevil

    iTheDevil20 kun oldin

    strange. it feels as if the Space Shuttle program has been closed just yesterday, but it was already 10 years ago. =)) and yes, it's 100K+ likes, I hope you are already in that cockpit, filming =)

  29. Katheryn Shamrell

    Katheryn Shamrell20 kun oldin

    I was in the Army and stationed in Frankfurt am Main during the early 1980's. In 1983, the star of the show was a space shuttle piggybacked on the back of the 747. French officials were reluctant to allow them to fly around the city, thinking it too dangerous. But it ended up being a great hit, and they were asked over and over to fly around the city.

  30. Stan Kakol

    Stan Kakol21 kun oldin

    Fitz Fulton was The Man

  31. PixelSheep

    PixelSheep22 kun oldin

    Alright over 103.000 likes it is :D Waiting for the video out of the cockpit :)

  32. BN 1

    BN 122 kun oldin

    You hit 100,000 like you know what you have to do

  33. My favorite Martian

    My favorite Martian28 kun oldin

    Early in the shuttle program, one was forced to land at White Sands Base, due to bad weather at the Cape. It needed carried back to KSC by a modded 747 aircraft. The company I worked for was contracted to assist in loading it on top of the 747. I was lucky enough to see it all. There was no MDD but there was a large Stiffleg Derrick. The derrick could not do it alone so a crane was needed. The derrick held the rear and the crane held the nose. Together they lifted the shuttle so the 747 could be towed underneath. It worked perfectly and everyone was happy.

  34. Mak - Nic

    Mak - Nic28 kun oldin

    Nice now it hit 100k like

  35. Sayan Goswami

    Sayan GoswamiOy oldin

    We have 100k likes Joe.

  36. Won Tag Jun

    Won Tag JunOy oldin

    it's february 3rd of 2021 and seems like it has finally reached 100k likes

  37. Ekta T

    Ekta TOy oldin

    Joe now your video has 102k likes , so why dont you make a video in space shuttle cockpit

  38. Aditya Agarwal

    Aditya AgarwalOy oldin

    So this video has crossed 100k likes.. Joe where's our video of Space Shuttle Cockpit?

  39. nathandm1

    nathandm1Oy oldin

    Ok you got ur likes where's our video???????

  40. Nature and Physics

    Nature and PhysicsOy oldin

    747 SCA: washed, polished, and gleaming. STS Orbiter: streaked, burnt, glazed, and stained. The STS program was ended; not completed.

  41. Fenril7

    Fenril7Oy oldin

    We got over 100,000 likes. Time for your next video. 😂

  42. RAPTOR3270

    RAPTOR3270Oy oldin

    Who else wishes the demate process was the shuttle pilots just pulling back, and it disconnects midair?

  43. Clinton Bowers

    Clinton BowersOy oldin

    In 2010 I saw the SCA with the shuttle on approach to Barksdale AFB. It flew right over my neighborhood at about 3000ish feet. One of the coolest things I’ve seen. I’d kind of forgotten about it before seeing this video.

  44. Captain Zeppos

    Captain ZepposOy oldin

    Can't remember if it is mentioned in this fantastic presentation, but the cost to transfer the space shuttle from alternate airports to Florida was something like 2.5 million USD (source is Mike Mullane's Riding Rockets). This is why there was usually huge pressure to avoid the B747 trip.

  45. James Beshears

    James BeshearsOy oldin

    Why did the shuttle and 747 have a fighter jet escort?

  46. Mr. Reflect

    Mr. ReflectOy oldin

    So with the 100.000 likes out of the way, when is Joe going to do that Shuttle-Cockpit tour? I'm really looking forward to finding this as a title in my notifications one day. Great Video as always!

  47. Benicio Moran

    Benicio MoranOy oldin

    The lonely canoe conventionally save because office genotypically refuse underneath a wholesale router. frantic, necessary time

  48. Allosaurus Fragilis

    Allosaurus FragilisOy oldin

    I wonder how that 747 flew without its load. Better than standard, i would think

  49. 1zoller

    1zollerOy oldin

    The tank of the space shuttle was filled with liquid oxygen and hydrogen (not nitrogen :-) 1:14 min in the video

  50. I'll Say It Again

    I'll Say It AgainOy oldin

    Where's our video

  51. Casey Dykes

    Casey DykesOy oldin

    I can imagine that work meeting 'so what if we just piggy back it on the top of a plane to get it back to NASA' 'what the fuck is in your coffee??' No wait fucking hear me out here Boeing after being given the blueprints You son of a bitch I'm in

  52. Fredney

    FredneyOy oldin

    8:55 Guys, we did it

  53. Zainudeen Yussif

    Zainudeen YussifOy oldin

    Please what course did you study in high school

  54. Dushanth S D R

    Dushanth S D ROy oldin

    If you say piggy-back to a pilot or NASA astronaut the next place he/she will bring you is Space Centre Huston

  55. Arch Stanton

    Arch StantonOy oldin

    where is captain joe from? his English prosody is weird. he STRESSES random WORDS, like he knows some words in an English UTTERANCE should be STRESSED but he never KNOWS how to do it like a native SPEAKER. after a while it grates

  56. Liyang HU

    Liyang HUOy oldin

    His mum's British but he grew up and went to school mostly in Germany.

  57. Arch Stanton

    Arch StantonOy oldin

    Wright brothers: - "so did you guys develop our aircraft idea much further? -yeah this one can fly from New York to Tokyo non-stop - holy sh1t, but what about that other one on its back? - oh, that one can go from Florida to space and back... -surprised pikachu face

  58. LeYeetusFeetus

    LeYeetusFeetus2 oy oldin

    its got more than 100K likes :)

  59. Che johnny

    Che johnny2 oy oldin

    James Bond Moonraker the baddies used the 747 as a launch vehicle for powered shuttle flyght... it didnt end well for the 747 & crew

  60. wrightmf

    wrightmf2 oy oldin

    I'm remember in the 1970s watching the news that showed demonstration of model 747 carrying the orbiter, my reaction was that is totally crazy. Aaron Cohen, the program manager for the Shuttle orbiter, in this lecture at talked about when he was presented with this idea, he thought it was crazy and dismissed it. But those who presented the idea are not the kind to take no for an answer. Few days later they returned with a flying model, invited Aaron outside to the parking lot for a demonstration. Cohen said that was a major change because that provided the means to transport the orbiter from one place to another. Cohen was faced with how to move orbiters from alternate landing sites such as Edwards, Morocco, Guam, and other emergency landing sites. But with it carried by 747 then all the different methods of foldout jet engines or engines that attach to the orbiter, this gave lots more options and flexibility for alternate landing sites (which were a lot including commercial airports).

  61. Aarav K Patel

    Aarav K Patel2 oy oldin

    it's a 100k likes

  62. cutie Damir

    cutie Damir2 oy oldin

    they shoulda just asked me im pretty strong I coulda carried it

  63. Jack O Riordan

    Jack O Riordan2 oy oldin

    I think it’s time to go to KSC and film in the shuttle cockpit

  64. Cringe gaming

    Cringe gaming2 oy oldin

    Aircraft carrier next is shuttle carrier what's next? Planet carrier?

  65. Michael Derflinger

    Michael Derflinger2 oy oldin

    It looks like it is time for the Space Shuttle cockpit video as C19 allows it.

  66. sebbe björk

    sebbe björk2 oy oldin


  67. Volts

    Volts2 oy oldin

    Hey. 100k likes.

  68. KW 1908

    KW 19082 oy oldin

    it is time capn Joe :D #100k

  69. Roy Smith

    Roy Smith2 oy oldin

    At 7:02, you mention the CG problems. So, how did this work when the did an air launch? As soon as the disconnected, why wouldn't they suddenly be out of CG? Did they have movable ballast on board?

  70. TBP Designs

    TBP Designs2 oy oldin

    This is so cool! Love this!

  71. baxter208

    baxter2082 oy oldin

    I can’t believe people believe this GARBAGE!!! It true what they say. The American people don’t believe anything until they see it on television.

  72. baxter208

    baxter2082 oy oldin

    @Kit Canyon👀

  73. Kit Canyon

    Kit Canyon2 oy oldin

    @baxter208 : Good day? Ah, that's flatter code for "I can't hold up my end of the argument so I'll leave now...." That figures. Please show us these "multiple" interviews. In full. Talk is cheap - but you seem to swallow anything down that you can't fathom, as I've mentioned before. I'll stick with science. After all - we gave you your cell phone and computer. People like you would just be about done designing the wheel by now. Your problem is that you don't understand science so you fear it.

  74. baxter208

    baxter2082 oy oldin

    @Kit Canyon nah you face it your idol Buzz Aldrin mentioned on screen in multiple interviews that he didn’t go to the moon. You can’t explain to me why he said what he said. Face it you’re indoctrinated with science and science fiction. Like William Shatner said they’re both the same Good day sir!!!

  75. Kit Canyon

    Kit Canyon2 oy oldin

    @baxter208 : Basic technology? For late 1960s? Not quite, bro. You're just spoiled and have no idea of what it took to make those missions work. And NASA sent men to the moon on 9 different missions - three of them not landing but still getting to the moon. Face it - you have no idea about engineering - no physics. This makes you uniquely qualified to discuss lawn care, or other activities. It, in no way, qualifies you to even grasp technology.

  76. baxter208

    baxter2082 oy oldin

    @Kit Canyon You believe that nasa went to moon to the moon six times in four years between 1969-1972 on basic technology and the reason why they don’t go back is because they don’t feel like it. Give me a break

  77. Special Spectations

    Special Spectations2 oy oldin

    Just slap a big external tank on the rocket and now you can get to the space center faster

  78. José Alfonso Chávez Portillo

    José Alfonso Chávez Portillo2 oy oldin

    Hey joe, regarding the space shuttle simulator: 1- You can use the "orbiter space simulator" for your landing. It's a free simulator that you can find here: 2- You can use Kerbal Space Program and install a Shuttle mod for the game. You can find the game in steam. Hope it helps! 😁👌

  79. Nnn Nnn

    Nnn Nnn2 oy oldin

    hey Joe look at the like counter... over 100 000

  80. Dark - VFX

    Dark - VFX2 oy oldin

    We Need A House Which Is Made With A Airline Material. No Earthquake Can Take The House Dwon

  81. Thunderbolt

    Thunderbolt3 oy oldin

    What airliners would do for extra passengers.

  82. cgirl111

    cgirl1113 oy oldin

    322000kg = 354.4 tons

  83. Joost Deen

    Joost Deen3 oy oldin

    So Captain, how about the Shuttle cockpit video 😄 Looking forward😎

  84. Leon Marc San Juan

    Leon Marc San Juan3 oy oldin

    wow a boeng 747 carrying the plane of the space

  85. Eli Abdul

    Eli Abdul3 oy oldin

    Captain Joe can u pls make this a series, I'll give u a lot of more unique 747 out there, theres the 747 that carried a rocket nicknamed "Cosmic Girl", there's a fire fighting 747, theres a 747 that has a Telescope, and last but not least, the 747 engine test bed, I hope The Queen of the Skies will be around longer!

  86. Cxlvirus

    Cxlvirus3 oy oldin

    why does the background look like a green screen?

  87. RobyRew

    RobyRew3 oy oldin

    100000 LIKES DONE, please the video

  88. Jeremy Smith

    Jeremy Smith3 oy oldin

    Just a slight correction rather was liquid hydrogen and oxygen was more of one of them though, is essentially what makes water H2O one hydrogen to two oxygen is what makes water through fission, putting the two together with an ignition have two highly combustible compounds essentially Almost made me want to cry when seeing discovery being visited by the one of the crews for the Hubble Space Telescope missions at the end rather, was interesting though were a few inaccuracies as a guide said in this video like the velcro blue being standard (permanent equipment), yellow temp or mission specific equipment and white being personal The black heat tiles being carbon carbon reinforced tiles (think was the more heat prone areas of the orbiter), the white ones being silica (mostly comprise of air) being made in a furnace, they arent able to attract heat, makes for a perfect heat shield essentially, after being in the furnace could touch the silica types after say about 2-5 minutes and would be warm around the outer edges of the tiles

  89. Connizle

    Connizle3 oy oldin

    The space shuttle was not reusable it was refurbish able

  90. anonymous

    anonymous3 oy oldin

    Time for the new video with 100k+ likes now

  91. Ultraafps

    Ultraafps3 oy oldin

    we got 100k likes where the video @Captain Joe

  92. Ronny Ron

    Ronny Ron3 oy oldin

    Muy bueno el video. Yo tengo un juguete de eso.

  93. Bradley Roebuck

    Bradley Roebuck3 oy oldin

    @captain joe with all due respect, are you a Captain with only 3 stripes ?

  94. Bluepenta 747

    Bluepenta 7473 oy oldin

    you get 101k likes

  95. Pamal Mangat

    Pamal Mangat3 oy oldin

    The engineer called up nasa and the first thing he said was.... don’t laugh

  96. Kiran Sagar

    Kiran Sagar3 oy oldin

    How did the 747 carry Endeavor up to 27,000 ft if its ceiling was only 15,000 ft?

  97. Adernhael

    Adernhael3 oy oldin

    we've just hit 101k here mate

  98. gullygully69

    gullygully693 oy oldin

    I presume the video of captain Joe inside the shuttle hasn’t been made yet - I presume the 100k likes occurred during lockdown

  99. Robin

    Robin3 oy oldin

    Cap, we're waiting for the space shuttle vid 😁

  100. Mark Hazeldine

    Mark Hazeldine3 oy oldin

    Amazing aircraft and video. Now it's over 100k likes, are you going to do the shuttle cockpit video? I'm guessing the pandemic has made it a bit difficult to film it!?


    RANDOMSH*T INC.4 oy oldin

    We have got the 100 thousand likes show is the cockpit of the shuttle joe😉

  102. Nishanth p

    Nishanth p4 oy oldin

    This video hit 100k likes, so do as you promised

  103. julien verbeke

    julien verbeke4 oy oldin

    Captain: "Ludicrous speed, NOW!". Flight engineer: flicks on Orbiter main engines. 747: OMG #@!

  104. Merrickaner

    Merrickaner4 oy oldin

    Yeah 100000 likes are reached... I really hope you will make the Video about the Space Shuttle :D

  105. huf journal Life

    huf journal Life4 oy oldin

    Like 007 film u pilot

  106. tryithere

    tryithere4 oy oldin

    I saw this flying over Brooklyn once. It was probably just the Enterprise on the back but it was awesome to see.