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(Twitter)   45 years ago today: The first flight of the Enterprise. Bonus: Pic of the "crew"   (twitter.com) divider line
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2022-08-12 8:08:29 PM  
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2022-08-12 8:33:39 PM  
Imagine getting two guys to test-pilot a glider lunched from the back of 747 and flew like a 150,000 lb brick, not counting the tonnage of their brass balls.
 
2022-08-12 8:57:43 PM  

felching pen: Imagine getting two guys to test-pilot a glider lunched from the back of 747 and flew like a 150,000 lb brick, not counting the tonnage of their brass balls.


I'm just imagining them getting to do the really, really, really, really big version of hucking a styrofoam glider in your back yard.
 
2022-08-12 9:07:47 PM  
It's been a long road, getting from there to here.
 
2022-08-12 9:22:11 PM  
More photos of the crew and behind the scenes stuff.
 
2022-08-12 9:51:54 PM  

labman: More photos of the crew and behind the scenes stuff.


I preferred the alternative universe version of the show.

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2022-08-12 10:09:16 PM  
I was almost late for school because of watching that.

/watched it anyway, because it was so cool!
 
2022-08-12 10:10:23 PM  
I remember watching that on tv

/It seemed promising then
 
2022-08-12 10:11:53 PM  
45 years ago today, Space Shuttle Enterprise-crewed by Fred Haise and Gordon Fullerton-made its first free flight from a 747 during shuttle approach and landing tests. pic.twitter.com/K9WxtfpGk2
- National Air and Space Museum (@airandspace) August 12, 2022
Fred Haise had previously flown as Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 13, and was played by Bill Paxton in the 1995 film dramatization.
 
2022-08-12 10:36:56 PM  

felching pen: Imagine getting two guys to test-pilot a glider lunched from the back of 747 and flew like a 150,000 lb brick, not counting the tonnage of their brass balls.


Doesn't the thing have something like a 1:1 glide ratio?  How did the 747 ever release the thing from on top, and then get out of the way of it falling out of the sky?  Looks like it is diving, while the shuttle is pulling up (presumably the 747 had to dive for awhile just to give it the speed to pull up.

Forgot "the one weird trick" to land that thing, but they more or less had to make it up to land it.  I think the "real way" to land it wasn't fully used until the second Columbia launch.
 
2022-08-12 11:04:17 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: labman: More photos of the crew and behind the scenes stuff.

I preferred the alternative universe version of the show.

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Was that from the cowboy universe?

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/Also, not the original Enterprise.
 
2022-08-12 11:37:18 PM  

Shostie: It's been a long road, getting from there to here.


oh no you didn't
 
2022-08-12 11:41:24 PM  

some_beer_drinker: Shostie: It's been a long road, getting from there to here.

oh no you didn't


But imagine it in a Parliament Funkadelic beat.
 
2022-08-13 1:04:04 AM  

yet_another_wumpus: felching pen: Imagine getting two guys to test-pilot a glider lunched from the back of 747 and flew like a 150,000 lb brick, not counting the tonnage of their brass balls.

Doesn't the thing have something like a 1:1 glide ratio?  How did the 747 ever release the thing from on top, and then get out of the way of it falling out of the sky?  Looks like it is diving, while the shuttle is pulling up (presumably the 747 had to dive for awhile just to give it the speed to pull up.

Forgot "the one weird trick" to land that thing, but they more or less had to make it up to land it.  I think the "real way" to land it wasn't fully used until the second Columbia launch.


The shuttle carrier 747 was heavily modified to be able to sustain pretty hefty g-forces. This wasn't your typical passenger ferry. Also, its crew were well-trained for this. My guess is the crew probably had a pretty fun time on those flights.
 
2022-08-13 2:09:39 AM  
I got to see The Enterprise on its very first flight, but not released, on top of the 747. It was at Edwards AFB some time slightly before the above shared event. The Air Force also showcased the brand new B-1a by flying that bugger supersonic at low altitude which blew out a bunch of car windows.

/ Stupidly awesome or awesomely stupid.
 
2022-08-13 2:54:07 AM  
I had the lunchbox.

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2022-08-13 8:21:34 AM  

Garza and the Supermutants: I had the lunchbox.

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Ironic, since the Enterprise never went into space.
 
2022-08-13 8:49:46 AM  

yet_another_wumpus: How did the 747 ever release the thing from on top, and then get out of the way of it falling out of the sky?  Looks like it is diving, while the shuttle is pulling up (presumably the 747 had to dive for awhile just to give it the speed to pull up.


Enterprise First Test Flight 1977 cut 2
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2022-08-13 9:10:04 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Garza and the Supermutants: I had the lunchbox.

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Ironic, since the Enterprise never went into space.


It was initially intended to be retrofitted into having a heat shield and all the equipment necessary for space flight. It wasn't until most of the testing was done that they realized so many design changes had been made that it was cheaper to build a new orbiter than to retrofit the enterprise. I don't think they would've named it the enterprise if they knew it would never fly in space.
 
2022-08-13 11:06:22 AM  
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2022-08-13 11:27:39 AM  

keldaria: Tyrone Slothrop: Garza and the Supermutants: I had the lunchbox.

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Ironic, since the Enterprise never went into space.

It was initially intended to be retrofitted into having a heat shield and all the equipment necessary for space flight. It wasn't until most of the testing was done that they realized so many design changes had been made that it was cheaper to build a new orbiter than to retrofit the enterprise. I don't think they would've named it the enterprise if they knew it would never fly in space.


Yup.  What was named the Enterprise would have had some code name... something like XB-17a, and what became Columbia would have been called Enterprise.  Eh, worked out though - we still have the Enterprise floating around in a museum.
 
2022-08-13 11:50:17 AM  
Oh my god I now want to believe that the white leisure suit McCoy shows up in at the beginning of Star Trek: The Movie was just Kelley wandering on set in his own wardrobe.
 
2022-08-13 5:44:21 PM  

TTFK: yet_another_wumpus: How did the 747 ever release the thing from on top, and then get out of the way of it falling out of the sky?  Looks like it is diving, while the shuttle is pulling up (presumably the 747 had to dive for awhile just to give it the speed to pull up.


That's the way a glider & the towplane separate. Glider goes up and to the right, towplane down and to the left.
 
2022-08-13 5:46:47 PM  

keldaria: Tyrone Slothrop: Garza and the Supermutants: I had the lunchbox.

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Ironic, since the Enterprise never went into space.

It was initially intended to be retrofitted into having a heat shield and all the equipment necessary for space flight. It wasn't until most of the testing was done that they realized so many design changes had been made that it was cheaper to build a new orbiter than to retrofit the enterprise. I don't think they would've named it the enterprise if they knew it would never fly in space.


Believe Enterprise was always only a glide test vehicle. I don't think it was even designed to be capable of going into space.
 
2022-08-13 6:25:49 PM  

Flowery Twats: keldaria: Tyrone Slothrop: Garza and the Supermutants: I had the lunchbox.

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Ironic, since the Enterprise never went into space.

It was initially intended to be retrofitted into having a heat shield and all the equipment necessary for space flight. It wasn't until most of the testing was done that they realized so many design changes had been made that it was cheaper to build a new orbiter than to retrofit the enterprise. I don't think they would've named it the enterprise if they knew it would never fly in space.

Believe Enterprise was always only a glide test vehicle. I don't think it was even designed to be capable of going into space.


This is incorrect. It was designed as a glide test vehicle but always planned to be fully retrofitted to full space flight status. There's a reason it has a space flight status designation of OV 101. Challenger was originally intended to be a non-flight structural test article STA-099 but was later rebuilt because it was to far along in construction and was cheaper to upgrade to a full flight status than the enterprise. Thus it was rebuilt and redesiginated as OV-099. The primary reason for this was there was significant design changes since Enterprise was built that would've required essentially tearing it down completely while the structural testing article was essentially already in a tear down condition and much easier to implement design changes.
 
2022-08-14 6:36:18 AM  

MadHatter500: Yup.  What was named the Enterprise would have had some code name... something like XB-17a, and what became Columbia would have been called Enterprise.  Eh, worked out though - we still have the Enterprise floating around in a museum.


Better than being hauled away as garbage.
 
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