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    These are the voyages of the Space Shuttle Enterprise...

    Space Shuttle Enterprise (OV-101) Approach and Landing Tests Crew-Signed Color Photos. A collection of four signed 10" x 8" NASA color lithographed prints, with printed captions on the verso, that picture the Starship (whoops, I mean Space Shuttle) Enterprise at its Rockwell Assembly facility in Palmdale, California. As follows:
    (1) Titled "The Two Crews for the Space Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests (ALT)". Signed by all four: "Gordon Fullerton", "Fred Haise", "Joe Engle", and "Richard Truly".
    (2) Titled "Second Crew for the Space Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests (ALT)". Signed "Joe Engle" and "Richard Truly". Inscribed by Truly: "Best wishes/ to Wally Stark-". The photo has four stamps affixed and four cancellations, all celebrating the launch of the second Space Shuttle, STS-2, that was crewed by Engle and Truly. The Scott #1913, 1914, 1917, and 1918 18¢ Space Shuttle stamps are each postally cancelled: November 12, 1981 (launch), at Kennedy Space Center and Houston and November 13, 1981 (landing) at Houston and Edwards AFB.
    (3) Same as above, except inscribed by Engle: "Best Wishes to/ Mrs. Renata May".
    (4) Same as above, except inscribed by Engle: "Best Regards/ to Jürg".
    All are in very fine or better condition. Great mementos of the only Space Shuttle that never flew orbitally.

    The Approach and Landing Tests were conducted by NASA in 1977 to determine the shuttle's flight characteristics well before any orbital flights. The first eight, three taxi tests and five captive-inert flight tests, were performed unpowered and uncrewed to verify the taxiing and flying characteristics of the shuttle while mated with its Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (a heavily-modified Boeing 747). Each of the final eight ALT tests carried a two-man crew. In the first three, known as captive-active flight tests, the shuttle remained mated to the SCA throughout the takeoff and landing. In the last five, known as free-flights, the Enterprise separated from the 747 during flight and glided to landings at Edwards Air Force Base. Fullerton & Haise and Engle & Truly were the two crews who flew these eight manned flights, the only five times the Enterprise ever flew alone.


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    May, 2012
    12th Saturday
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