Dimensions: 18" x 16.5"
Signatures: Joe H. Engle and Fitzhugh "Fitz" Fulton
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 (Seen in the Photo Above)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 orbiter to reach their Edwards runway but today that descent took only 2 minutes and 34 seconds.
About our Framing:
This Aviation Collectible is exquisitely Custom Framed with double mattes and comes in either a ¾” or 1 ½” Matte Black Frame. We’ve opened up the matte on the bottom to showcase the authentic pencil signature of the pilot/s who flew this aircraft. All of our Aviation Collectibles come with a Certificate of Authenticity to ensure that the signatures are real and your purchase will be collectible for years to come.
Signatures: Shuttle pilot Major General Joe H. Engle and Shuttle Carrier Command pilot Fitzhugh L. "Fitz" Fulton.
PLANE JUNKIE - Space Shuttle Enterprise Landing Test(Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier & Space Shuttle Enterprise)