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heng44
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posted 09-08-2012 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

This photo was taken following the last captive-active test flight of the shuttle prototype Enterprise aboard NASA shuttle carrier aircraft # 905 on July 26, 1977. The landing gear of Enterprise was lowered during the final portion of the flight. The men pictured include the flight crews of both craft. From left are SCA pilot Fitz Fulton, Enterprise pilot Gordon Fullerton, SCA flight engineer Vic Horton, Enterprise commander Fred Haise, SCA flight engineer Vincent Alvarez and SCA co-pilot Tom McMurtry.

Ed Hengeveld

garymilgrom
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posted 09-08-2012 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a unique config with the gear down. Thanks Ed.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 09-08-2012 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see there was enough clearance for the nose gear, but did the main gear just clear the side of the SCA, or is that the angle of the photo?

heng44
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posted 09-08-2012 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You are right: there was very little clearance, but apparently just enough.

dabolton
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posted 09-08-2012 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What was the purpose of this test? Ferrying with wheels down would not seem like a necessary concept to prove.

space1
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posted 09-08-2012 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...but verification of proper gear deployment before committing to free flights would be useful.

heng44
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posted 09-08-2012 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Exactly! The next flight would be the first free flight.

Max Q
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posted 09-08-2012 02:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by space1:
...but verification of proper gear deployment before committing to free flights would be useful.
Traditionalist.

bwhite1976
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posted 09-08-2012 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bwhite1976   Click Here to Email bwhite1976     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I never thought about this until I saw that hatch wide open. Haise and Fullerton had an interesting ride just to get into the Enterprise on that cherry picker. Interesting.

heng44
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posted 09-09-2012 12:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The cherry-picker was to get them out. They went in via the Mate-Demate Device...

dabolton
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posted 09-09-2012 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of the concerns with a belly landing of a Shuttle was the RCS exploding; could they have belly landed Enterprise because it wasnt loaded with any propellant?

astro-nut
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posted 09-29-2012 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another excellant photo!!! Thank you for sharing with us. Any photos of the orbiters with the SCA are great photos!

ASCAN1984
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posted 10-04-2012 05:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Love this.

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