• Short Summary

    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CALIF. (AP) - A JUMBO JET CARRIED THE SPACE SHUTTLE "ENTERPRISE," WORKHORSE OF THE FUTURE U.

  • Description

    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CALIF. (AP) - A JUMBO JET CARRIED THE SPACE SHUTTLE "ENTERPRISE," WORKHORSE OF THE FUTURE U.S. SPACE PROGRAM, PIGGYBACK INTO THE AIR TODAY FOR ITS FIRST TEST FLIGHT.

    LIFTOFF OF THE SPECIALLY EQUIPPED BOEING 747 FOR THE TWO-HOUR TEST FLIGHTS AT ALTITUDES OF UP TO 23,700 FEET, WAS AT 9:30 A.M.

    ??? JR., PILOT OF THE 747, REPORTED A "VERY, VERY ??? PERCEPTIBLE BUFFETING," BUT SAID THAT OTHERWISE THE TAKEOFF WAS SMOOTH AS ANY AIRLINER IN SPITE OF THE MASSIVE LOAD.

    "HE ???-POUND UNMANNED SHUTTLE, 122 FEET LONG OR NEARLY AS LARGE AS A ??? AIRLINER, WAS AIMED SLIGHTLY UPWARD AND FIRMLY ATTACHED TO THE TOP OF THE MODIFIED JUMBO JET BY CLAMPS AT ITS NOSE AND UNDER ITS REAR ???
    "HE TEST PROGRAM IS TO ENSURE THAT THE SHUTTLE, DUE TO BEGIN ??? IN THE 1980S, CAN RETURN FROM SPACE AND LAND LIKE AN AIR???. IT IS DESIGNED TO BE BLASTED OFF INTO ORBIT VERTICALLY WITH ??? AID OF DISPOSABLE ROCKETS.

    "HE SHUTTLE WAS UNMANNED FOR TODAY'S FLIGHT. IN WAY, A TWO-MAN CREW WILL BE ABOARD, AND IN JULY THE CRAFT WILL BE RELEASED FROM THE 747 AND ???, POWERLESS, TO A LANDING.

    ??? PREVIOUSLY BEEN TESTED ONLY IN HIGH-SPEED TRIPS DOWN A RUNWAY ??? THE 747.

    ??? TAKEOFFS AND LANDINGS AT THIS BUSY TEST FACILITY WERE ??? ??? BUT JUST BEFORE THE SCHEDULED TAKEOFF A V-FORMATION OF GEESE. ??? DIRECTLY OVER THE RUNWAY, CAUSING MOMENTARY CONCERN BUT NOT ??? THE TAKEOFF.

    "HE SHUTTLE, A REUSABLE VEHICLE THAT WILL BE THE WORKHORSE OF THE NEXT PHASE OF U.S. MANNED FLIGHT, WILL BE ABLE TO FLY INTO EARTH ORBIT TO CARRY CARGO AND SCIENTISTS ON A VARIETY OF MISSIONS.

    "HE PIGGYPACK PAIR WERE TO REACH SPEEDS OF 287 M.P.H. DURING TODAY'S ??? MISSION SPOKESMEN SAID.

    ??? THE ??? WHITE SHUTTLE WAS CARRIED OVER THE TEST CENTRE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FLIGHT, IT WAS JOINED BRIEFLY BY THE ??? BOMBER THAT IS BEING TESTED HERE.

    ??? CAMERAS MOUNTED ABOARD AN ACCOMPANYING JET BEAMED CLEAR COLOUR PICTURES OF THE TWO PLANES TO TELEVISION MONITORS ON THE GROUND.

    "HE FOUR-MAN CREW OF THE CARRIER PLANE WAS CONCERNED IN TODAY'S FLIGHT WITH VERIFYING THE STABILITY OF THE COMBINED SHUTTLE AND FREE TEST OF THE SHUTTLE IN JULY.

    ???

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4X3R9U50ABUO22F88K0IXMDJQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA4X3R9U50ABUO22F88K0IXMDJQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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