Space Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests

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Date: 15 Feb 1977 to 26 Oct 1977
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The Approach and Landing Tests were a series of taxi and flight trials of the prototype Space Shuttle Enterprise, conducted in 1977 to test the vehicle's flight characteristics both on its own and when mated to the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, prior to the operational debut of the shuttle system.

The Enterprise is currently on display at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.

Approach and Landing Crew Patch
#MissionTest flightDateCrewDuration
1ALT-1Taxi test #115 Feb 1977nonetaxi
2ALT-2Taxi test #215 Feb 1977nonetaxi
3ALT-3Taxi test #315 Feb 1977nonetaxi
4ALT-4Captive-inert flight #118 Feb 1977none2 h 5 min
5ALT-5Captive-inert flight #222 Feb 1977none3 h 13 min
6ALT-6Captive-inert flight #325 Feb 1977none2 h 28 min
7ALT-7Captive-inert flight #428 Feb 1977none2 h 11 min
8ALT-8Captive-inert flight #502 Mar 1977none1 h 39 min
9ALT-9Captive-active flight #118 Jun 1977Haise, Fullerton55 min 46 s
10ALT-10Captive-active flight #228 Jun 1977Engle, Truly62 min 0 s
11ALT-11Captive-active flight #326 Jul 1977Haise, Fullerton59 min 53 s
12ALT-12Free flight #112 Aug 1977Haise, Fullerton5 min 21 s
13ALT-13Free flight #213 Sep 1977Engle, Truly5 min 28 s
14ALT-14Free flight #323 Sep 1977Haise, Fullerton5 min 34 s
15ALT-15Free flight #412 Oct 1977Engle, Truly2 min 34 s
16ALT-16Free flight #526 Oct 1977Haise, Fullerton2 min 1 s

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