L/E of 850
S/N by the Artist & One Pilot & One Astronaut
Image Size: 21.5" x 26.5"
Paper Size: 25.5" x 30.5"
Plane Type: Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier & Space Shuttle Enterprise
In probably the most critical test of the as yet untried Space Shuttle, the
orbiter "Enterprise" is released from its highly modified 747 carrier
aircraft for its approach and landing test in actual flight configuration.
Without the streamlined tailcone used on previous test flights there
would be increased buffeting on the 747 shuttle carrier and the descent
profile for the orbiter would be much steeper. At 20,300 feet shuttle pilot
Joe Engle released the orbiter from the carrier aircraft and NASA 747
pilot Fitz Fulton banked the Jumbo steeply away from the orbiter.
Previous tests with the tailcone installed had required 5 1/2 minutes for
the orbitor to reach their Edwards runway but today that descent took
only 2 minutes and 34 seconds.
Personally autographed by Shuttle pilot Major General Joe H. Engle and Shuttle Carrier Command pilot Fitzhugh L. "Fitz" Fulton.
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