FlyingPhotog wrote in post #14281858
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Shuttle Orbiter also adds a percentage of lift due to the angle of attack at which it's mounted, yes?
Hi Jay. Yes, you are correct. The L/D for the Orbiter is "low" when compared to most conventional aircraft, but there certainly is a component of lift that is added to the tandem flight assembly.
Along those same lines, the Orbiter also contributes a lot of additional drag and turbulent flow around the 747 vertical stabilizer -- hence the need for the modified "triple tail" for added directional control.
Note that there are numerous restrictions on altitude, airspeed, weather conditions, etc. whenever a ferry flight is planned. So Jay, if you're planning a trip to "meet and greet" Endeavour when she is returned to California, please keep your travel plans "flexible," and be prepared for possible delays -- it's definitely not like a regular airline schedule.