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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-05-2019 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Endeavour, the space shuttle, landed on Enterprise's landing gear.
Coming into this late: How?

I know Enterprise's body flap was used on Columbia, but Enterprise's current landing gear is marked "not for flight." Or 1) am I mistaken on that; 2) Enterprise's landing gear was flight-rated all along; or 3) Enterprise's landing gear was uprated for Endeavour and then spares were given to Enterprise (perhaps from Challenger when Challenger was an STA)?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-05-2019 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Dennis Jenkins' "Developing an Icon":
Technicians removed more items from OV-101 prior to the orbiter being turned over to the Smithsonian ... it appears this is when NASA removed the landing gear struts and actuators from OV-101, replacing them with the engineering units originally used in the LGTA-090 test rig. Landing gear struts are large, intricate forgings that have unusually long lead-times, especially for small production runs. In this case, retaining the OV-101 struts ultimately saved the program considerable expense since they were subsequently installed on OV-105.


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