Flight testing of the Space Shuttle Enterprise

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The Orbiter 101 Enterprise separates from the NASA 747 carrier aircraft to begin its first "tail-cone off" unpowered flight over the desert and mountains of Southern California. A T-38 chase plane follows at right in the background. Astronauts Joe H. Engle and Richard H. Truly controlled the Orbiter on its two-minute, 34-second unpowered mission on this, the fourth of five Approach and Landing Tests (ALT) with free flight phases, from Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC).

The Orbiter 101 Enterprise separates from the NASA 747 carrier aircraft to begin its first "tail-cone off"

NASA Photo ID: S77-28931

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