Orbiter Responsive in Free Flight
Edwards AFB, Calif.—Space shuttle orbiter Enterprise, with astronauts Fred W. Haise, Jr., and C. Gordon Fullerton at the controls, separated smoothly from its Boeing 747 carrier aircraft when launched on its first free flight test here, and exhibited crisp handling characteristics as the two crewmen flew a tight pattern to an unpowered landing on the Rogers Dry Lakebed 5 min. 23 sec. later.
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