Vomit Comet

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i_am_jim on March 7, 2009

This retired KC-135 Stratotanker is permanently mounted and on display at Ellington Field in Houston. When it was in service it was used by NASA to expose astronauts to near the weightlessness of spaceflight. It flew in a parabolic pattern, climbing at twice gravity to the peak, then falling. This repeated exposure to several seconds of two times gravity followed by several seconds of no gravity made most people motion sick, thus the nickname vomit comet. More official names are "The Weightless Wonder" and "The zero-G trainer."

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Tony Reid on March 7, 2009

Ah, based on the old B707 design I see.

Do you know what aircraft they use now for NASA training?

Cheers, Tony in New Zealand

i_am_jim on January 7, 2011

Yes, the KC-135 is based on the Boeing 707.

I've been away from this for many years, but I think they may be using a modified Boeing 727-200.

i_am_jim2 on June 3, 2015

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Photo taken in Southbelt/ Ellington, Houston, TX, USA

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