N747NA B747SP NASA/Sofia returns home
Arriving in Hamburg, Germany on the 28:th of June 2014, N747NA
When she came she first performed a low fly past over the runway caught here by Thomas Nebel:
Then came back for the landing also by Thomas Nebel:
In over 5 months time N747NA has been undergoing heavy maintenance in Hamburg performed by Lufthansa Technik.
On 13:th of December she made a check flight after the performed D-check.
The day after, on December 14:th she was scheduled to depart Hamburg at 13:10 local time.
Lars Hentchel was out by the airport and caught her taking off in beautiful weather!
The takeoff was also captured on video by user Walkbyfeet:
And she was also captured from a helicopter by Alexander Golz:
She was believed to return to PMD where she is normally based.
But according to @SOFIAtelescope she landed safely at EDW/KEDW, Edwards Air Force Base
Now the Secondary mirror mechanism must be installed again I guess.
Good to know she is Fit 4 Flight for another good many years!
Oh! you HAVE to look at these photos of N747NA shot from a helicopter at Hamburg!
(If you speak German, you can read more about it here.)
Have a look at the take off of the flight 143 in February 2014. Four german teachers (Now called SOFIA Ambassadors) join this flight. I am one of them. Enjoy it!