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Space Shuttle Enterprise - ALT-1 (Full Free Flight)

Space Shuttle Enterprise - ALT- 1 (Complete Free Flight)
August 12th 1977 - Onboard are astronauts Fred Haise and Gordon Fullerton.
Here is the first free flight of Space Shuttle Enterprise with the NASA commentary added. I have been searching for the audio of this test flight for 30 odd years and, at last, here it is. It has been very satisfying to finally put this all together. Another "space first" for me. For those of you who have always wanted to see it like this (ie with no TV commentators), I hope you enjoy the 10 minutes or so that will whisk you back to a simpler, but perhaps , what seemed a more futuristic age...
Video starts 2 minutes before pushover and lasts through wheels stop.
The "audio find" was on a cassette tape and is, I believe, one of the tapes JSC media department used to provide free on receipt of a blank cassette tape back in the 70s and 80s. Some of the audio seems "clipped" - but to those that remember, that was the way these types of tapes were recorded - the term used was "voxed" - which we all believed at the time meant some of the audio sounds like on this audio...slightly clipped, as if it was a voice activated recording.
Video/photos/patches and audio are courtesy NASA.

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  1. Lars Frölich

    Lars Frölich

    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    So why an air brake instead of a drag chute?

  2. Mike Denton

    Mike Denton

    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    I just wish the Apollo 13 movie had mentioned that Fred Haise did this. "He never flew in space again" did him a bit of a disservice, as this is just as heroic.

  3. gigaboat

    gigaboat

    Πριν 11 ημέρες

    In 1998 this shuttle Enterprise was on display at KSC. I was an Airline employee from Australia and I sat in Fred Haise seat.

  4. Halil Karabacak

    Halil Karabacak

    Πριν μήνα

    7:09 why f-5's (I'm not sure about this is a f-5)gear down?

  5. Edrian Thomas Tom

    Edrian Thomas Tom

    Πριν μήνα

    very interesting video

  6. BeaterWRX

    BeaterWRX

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    The proximity of that fighter jet seems awfully dangerous, but I guess that's why I don't fly space shuttles, among 9000 other reasons.

  7. Guy1031

    Guy1031

    Πριν 2 μήνες

    the smaller chase planes were there to beam out in case of an emergency

  8. maxio NoName

    maxio NoName

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    The true oldest space shuttle

  9. William Morrison

    William Morrison

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Is love to see the first spaceship to Mars to be named Enterprise. Bogus that the shuttle Enterprise never end into space. Doesn't count.

  10. William Morrison

    William Morrison

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Bogus that the shuttle Enterprise never went into space. NASA threw trekkies a bone.

  11. George Ross

    George Ross

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Just curious. Was the smaller plane tied into the comms?

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 3 μήνες

      Yes they were, they called the seperation, gear down, height left through to touchdown calls

  12. Gabriel Bennett

    Gabriel Bennett

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    My grandfather, Victor Horton, was one of the two flight engineers on the 747. During this flight, Fitz Fulton (747 Command Pilot) didn't completely trust the computer numbers he'd been given and had Grandpa work the trajectory calculations for the pushover maneuver by hand, to double-check them. From their many flights together aboard the YF-12 Blackbird and other aircraft, he trusted Grandpa's math more than any computer. My mom told me that she was actually very worried the Shuttle would hit the 747's vertical tail, until Grandpa took her into his office and showed her an early wireframe computer simulation of the pushover and separation maneuver. Then she felt a little bit better. Just the same, NASA actually had the families of both the 747 and Shuttle crews watching the flight in their own separate VIP viewing area, where they could be quickly sequestered and kept from being mobbed by the press, should the unthinkable happen. Both of my parents were there (Mom and Dad had been dating several years and I think they were engaged by this point). Also, as an added safety feature, Grandpa designed a pyrotechnically-activated emergency escape hatch system, window release and escape tunnel for the 747, that would allow them to bail-out through the underside of the aircraft if damage was sustained to the main vertical tail and they were unable to land safely (the rectangular outboard auxiliary vertical stabilizers on the trailing edges of the horizontal tail, in addition to enhancing directional stability, were also intended, in part, to keep the 905 flying on a steady course, long enough for a bail-out). I've seen photos of the pyrotechnic tests for it in some of his stuff. Thankfully, it never had to be used and according to NASA fact sheets, was removed following the successful completion of the Approach & Landing Tests.

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 3 μήνες

      Amazing ! Thank you for sharing and hats off to your Grandfather

  13. Campbell Mays

    Campbell Mays

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    6:23....seriously? They hired a PAO to cover this? Just a Flight Director,a Capcom,and a couple of systems engineers would’ve sufficed. No need for the Houston announcer:someone at Edwards could handle that.

  14. Perry Shildrick

    Perry Shildrick

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Why does the chase plane drop it's landing gear so early ?

    • Pablo Gonzalez

      Pablo Gonzalez

      Πριν 3 μήνες

      To create drag

  15. dks13827

    dks13827

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    Who was capcom ?

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 3 μήνες

      Astronaut Karol "Bo" Bobko was the capcom

  16. dks13827

    dks13827

    Πριν 3 μήνες

    I remember. 26 years old and in commercial flight training.

  17. Bob Breit

    Bob Breit

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    Never gets old.👍 No fluff. Just the stuff.

  18. 潘軍

    潘軍

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    很怀念那个航天飞机时代!是航天史上的奇迹! I miss that space shuttle era! It is a miracle in the history of spaceflight!

  19. Unbreakify

    Unbreakify

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    whats the big thing on the back covering the rocket engines

    • Unbreakify

      Unbreakify

      Πριν 4 μήνες

      @lunarmodule5 Ahh, i always thought it was originally powered by turbines

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 4 μήνες

      Its an aerodynamic shroud designed to ensure a smooth slipstream which enhanced the 747s performance when carrying the shuttles. It was used on 3 of the 5 ALT flights to help ascertain and confirm flight profiles of the orbiter and was always used when the 747 transported the shuttle

  20. Egor Albo Page

    Egor Albo Page

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    amazing

  21. musica Reye

    musica Reye

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    Seria bueno que tubiera la opcion de subtitulo en español...saludos desde Chile!!!!

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 4 μήνες

      Hola ! Me encantaría tener estos videos en traducción, pero no sé cómo hacerlo en GRgone

  22. Gene C Lambert

    Gene C Lambert

    Πριν 4 μήνες

    Very much appreciate you posting this, Would you mind if I send a link to this video? Since your already got the okay from NASA figured I would send you the traffic. "Too Good Of A Glider" I really love that part! 👍🚀🌠🌚 #Namaste 🙏🏼☯♾

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 4 μήνες

      Please do

  23. Bruce Tharpe

    Bruce Tharpe

    Πριν 5 μήνες

    Who’s the mission control commentator? He sounds so chill and I’ve heard his voice in the Apollo Missions too.

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 5 μήνες

      I think its Jack Riley....might be wrong...

  24. Christopher Herald

    Christopher Herald

    Πριν 6 μήνες

    Don't care much for her design, but MY GOD is that majestic

  25. Ultrametric

    Ultrametric

    Πριν 6 μήνες

    The Space Shuttle program was such a disaster that it required a full *4 more years* after this test to finally get into space, and that flight very nearly ended in catastrophe when the body flap was blown past its engineering limits during SRB ignition. John Young later said that had he known that had happened, he and Crippen would have climbed to a safe altitude and then ejected. The entire program was crippled by budget cuts and Defense Department interference. It never had a chance. The only viable configuration was the original concept, two reusable flying craft with one a booster and one an orbiter - a significantly smaller orbiter that would not require such extensive heat shielding owing to its enormous mass and necessity of disspating a great deal more kinetic energy as heat.

  26. Derya Baygan-Robinett

    Derya Baygan-Robinett

    Πριν 7 μήνες

    0:31 that looks so beautiful with the space shuttle the american airlines 747 livery and the fighter get. i could make a poster out of this if the camera proportions were correct.

  27. The Amazing Channel

    The Amazing Channel

    Πριν 8 μήνες

    3:50 space shuttle be like: a'ight imma head out

  28. YourAverageFlightSimmer

    YourAverageFlightSimmer

    Πριν 9 μήνες

    Beautiful

  29. David Couch

    David Couch

    Πριν χρόνο

    I had forgotten about this but I remember the 747 ferried Enterprise stopped in Atlanta my aspiring scientist little brother went to the airport to take pictures.

  30. Jeremy Kiahsobyk

    Jeremy Kiahsobyk

    Πριν χρόνο

    Butter

  31. MrEppart

    MrEppart

    Πριν χρόνο

    This seems like a stupidly dangerous test.

    • Pablo Gonzalez

      Pablo Gonzalez

      Πριν 3 μήνες

      It comes with the territory.

  32. Daniel Barnes

    Daniel Barnes

    Πριν χρόνο

    I fought because they called her a "garbage scow"!

  33. Jus' Nuts

    Jus' Nuts

    Πριν χρόνο

    I was almost 10 years old when I watched this on TV. Still exciting to a guy that's nearly 52!

    • Blue Is Sus

      Blue Is Sus

      Πριν 6 μήνες

      Jus' Nuts awesome

  34. Funny Itworkedlasttime

    Funny Itworkedlasttime

    Πριν χρόνο

    What did they call the cap that was on the end of orbiters where the main engines would go?

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν χρόνο

      Interestingly they called it the tailcone... regards LM5

  35. Hugo

    Hugo

    Πριν χρόνο

    Enterprise , two to beam up

  36. cb_spock

    cb_spock

    Πριν χρόνο

    I remember watching this live

  37. Ferrariman601

    Ferrariman601

    Πριν χρόνο

    42 years ago today!

  38. TheRandomizerMan

    TheRandomizerMan

    Πριν χρόνο

    Space Shuttle: I can't get beyond LEO! SLS:I have great thrust, but I only can carry 140 tons of payload! Saturn V: *hold my beer*

    • The Best

      The Best

      Πριν 5 μήνες

      JustViggo 64 I mean starship can Cary a smaller payload than Saturn V but okay

    • JustViggo 64

      JustViggo 64

      Πριν χρόνο

      Starship superheavy: play time is over kids!

    • Zoomer30

      Zoomer30

      Πριν χρόνο

      And it takes NASA 11 years to make one SLS rocket.

  39. Rhea Fisher

    Rhea Fisher

    Πριν χρόνο

    I'm absolutely blown away that the chase planes were able to hold position so well with how that thing drops like a rock, very impressive airmanship.

    • Tom Wilson

      Tom Wilson

      Πριν 2 μήνες

      ​@The One Galen Keeping the airspeed down in a jet isn't hard. Note that the plane flying in front of the shuttle is running with its gear down to create more drag. They may also have spoilers and speedbrakes... but even without all that, if you pull the stick back and cut the throttle, a jet will descend. It's a matter of finding the angle of attack that provides enough braking without losing lift entirely.

    • The One Galen

      The One Galen

      Πριν 2 μήνες

      @Federico Perez Because of the drag of the shuttle and the aerodynamics of the T-38 chase planes - descending in a slim, aerodynamic fighter jet would tend to accelerate the jet, while the shuttle is such a brick that it could lose speed while descending - depending on the attitude, of course. Flying formation with the proverbial flying brickyard without getting into a stall situation is a darn good job of piloting.

    • Federico Perez

      Federico Perez

      Πριν 2 μήνες

      A fighter jet can dive vertically down. Don't know why this would suppose a challenge.

    • Starlight Wanderer_AA

      Starlight Wanderer_AA

      Πριν 11 μήνες

      Not rock, but a *brick*

  40. LadiesMan 217

    LadiesMan 217

    Πριν χρόνο

    People who say *”thE SpACe ShUtTLe iS a PlANe nOT GliDeR”* needs to watch this video. Flat earthers are annoying.

  41. MidnightBanshi

    MidnightBanshi

    Πριν χρόνο

    This is AMAZING footage! I so remember this test flight and how everyone was so super stoked to see that it got the name Enterprise. A very fitting name for the birth of this age!

    • sl97aq

      sl97aq

      Πριν χρόνο

      Have you seen the shuttle in person?

  42. Rob Adams

    Rob Adams

    Πριν χρόνο

    That was quite a parade of vehicles after the landing there.

  43. Na na Naples

    Na na Naples

    Πριν χρόνο

    Fred haise hasn't had any problem

  44. Mesner096

    Mesner096

    Πριν χρόνο

    I know the Star Trek cast and some crew got to see Enterprise and were photographed with it but did they also watch the launch?

    • X-JAKA7

      X-JAKA7

      Πριν 16 ημέρες

      Space Shuttle Enterprise was never launched into space.

  45. Marilyn

    Marilyn

    Πριν χρόνο

    Longest rollout I've seen. He could have taxied it in using the rest of that kinetic.

  46. Steve Starr

    Steve Starr

    Πριν χρόνο

    The day before I turned 16, and 4 days before I was hit by a car on my bike on the same day Elvis died. Memories.

    • Mike Denton

      Mike Denton

      Πριν 22 ημέρες

      You'd always remember being hit by a car Steve, that can't have been good. I myself was just a bit too young to remember Elvis dying, but I do remember my next door neighbour playing him for three days solid crying. Memories

    • NewoMadness

      NewoMadness

      Πριν χρόνο

      Ummmmmm

  47. justinl458

    justinl458

    Πριν χρόνο

    Hello. When will the federation build NCC 1701-A constitution class shuttle?

  48. Marc Ziegenhain

    Marc Ziegenhain

    Πριν χρόνο

    No bloody A, B, C or D.

    • Pri yon Joni

      Pri yon Joni

      Πριν 4 μήνες

      Zoomer30 welcome to Star Trek

    • Zoomer30

      Zoomer30

      Πριν χρόνο

      In my mind, there either should not have been a NCC-1701 and it should have been A B C and D... or there should not have been a A ship. Having 1701 and 1701-A makes no sense (A=1, first)

    • zestydude87

      zestydude87

      Πριν χρόνο

      Scottie using the holodeck scene!

    • justinl458

      justinl458

      Πριν χρόνο

      Yes. Enterprise NCC-1701-A,B,C,D designators.

  49. Chris Bradshaw

    Chris Bradshaw

    Πριν 2 χρόνια

    Did the Shuttle have an aircraft type APU? If not, how were the all the systems powered?

    • FlyNAA

      FlyNAA

      Πριν 3 μήνες

      Chris Bradshaw 3 fuel cells for electrical power for the entire mission, and 3 hydrazine APU’s for hydraulic power (for control surfaces and engine gimbaling) during launch and reentry-landing

    • johnmccnj

      johnmccnj

      Πριν 2 χρόνια

      Fuel Cells: www.nasa.gov/topics/technology/hydrogen/fc_shuttle.html

  50. Consciência Positiva

    Consciência Positiva

    Πριν 2 χρόνια

    Unbelievable, engines off, the shuttle gliding!

    • hfzmf 88

      hfzmf 88

      Πριν 3 μήνες

      I wonder why it didnt stall

  51. mitchell hobbs

    mitchell hobbs

    Πριν 2 χρόνια

    ~ oz ~

  52. C.C. Rider

    C.C. Rider

    Πριν 2 χρόνια

    i remember watching this live thinking theres no way this can go bad simply because this ship is named ENTERPRISE'. and yes, i'm still a star trek nerd.

    • Jame M

      Jame M

      Πριν 3 μήνες

      That's because Scotty was down in engineering making sure it went right.

    • Phong Le Hoang

      Phong Le Hoang

      Πριν 4 μήνες

      Lol

    • Gerardo Quinones

      Gerardo Quinones

      Πριν χρόνο

      I remember watching this from the VIP section in Mission Control. Pure dumb luck. Turned left when I should have turned right, to watch it from the basement with the rest of the contractors.

    • Larry Wilson

      Larry Wilson

      Πριν χρόνο

      Sorry, my count was off. Make that three Enterprises destroyed and one seriously damaged.

    • Larry Wilson

      Larry Wilson

      Πριν χρόνο

      If only the actual Enterprises fared better than this one. Two were destroyed and one was seriously damaged.

  53. Neale Scott

    Neale Scott

    Πριν 2 χρόνια

    wow! the landing gear came out so close to landing!

    • bla bla

      bla bla

      Πριν 3 μήνες

      The landing gear was gravity propelled.

    • jim w

      jim w

      Πριν χρόνο

      Good stuff guys

    • Don Rudolph

      Don Rudolph

      Πριν χρόνο

      They actually started deploying them a lot earlier after STS-3, when the "gear locked" indicators came on with a whole TWO SECONDS to spare before touchdown! Decided that was cutting things a bit too close.

  54. skyprop

    skyprop

    Πριν 3 χρόνια

    Nice Job !!!! I Belive it is Engle/Haise flying.....Great job digging this out of the bottom of the Barrel!

    • skyprop

      skyprop

      Πριν 3 χρόνια

      Correction. Fullerton and Haise :)

  55. erick suárez b.

    erick suárez b.

    Πριν 3 χρόνια

    very nice footage !!!

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 3 χρόνια

      thanks erick

  56. Elliot B

    Elliot B

    Πριν 4 χρόνια

    How does the shuttle produce sufficient thrust with the cone over the engine nacelles?

    • MattMatt2308

      MattMatt2308

      Πριν 7 μήνες

      Because it's a glider

    • Dave Jackson

      Dave Jackson

      Πριν χρόνο

      Enterprise wasnt fitted with engines as it was never intended to fly into space. It also didnt have a working heat shield.

    • Eric Mooney

      Eric Mooney

      Πριν 2 χρόνια

      The shuttle glides to a landing none of the are ever using the engines on approach. The engines are only used at launch, the enterprise engines were not functional they were just mock ups

  57. Tom Mulligan

    Tom Mulligan

    Πριν 4 χρόνια

    Could this flight be the only audio and video version in existence ?

    • Tom Mulligan

      Tom Mulligan

      Πριν 4 χρόνια

      but much appreciated

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 4 χρόνια

      Well I haven't seen it on YT or elsewhere....but remember I matched the audio to the TV coverage....so in that respect it's not original

    • Tom Mulligan

      Tom Mulligan

      Πριν 4 χρόνια

      Sorry, I meant is this the only video that exists with this specific audio ?

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 4 χρόνια

      Hi Tom.All the video is available and stored in the US national archive. The audio is available online. Regards LM5

  58. Brandon Bennetzen

    Brandon Bennetzen

    Πριν 4 χρόνια

    Just don't tell Captain Jean-Luc Picard or Locutus of Borg(portrayed by Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: The Next Generation) about this ship or he might blow this one up.

  59. Jim Vicious

    Jim Vicious

    Πριν 4 χρόνια

    Looking back on this it all feels like we were so naive. We had COMPUTERS in our actual homes, and they were going to build a fleet of SPACE SHUTTLES. All those things we watched on our favorite sci-fi flicks were surely about to come to pass. The turn of the millennium still seemed so .. far away - I could really only imagine the amazing things that I'd see when I grew up. My Grandfather - who in his lifetime 'saw' the Wright brothers and Apollo 11, told me that I'd likely as not visit the moon in my lifetime, expressing a bit of sadness that he wouldn't. Yep .. naive indeed.

  60. Oliver Lane

    Oliver Lane

    Πριν 4 χρόνια

    I'm curious why did the escort craft lower her landing gear so early, I thought normally they are lowered pretty late.

    • bla bla

      bla bla

      Πριν 3 μήνες

      Dew to the fact that the the shute had the quality’s of a brick. So those air craft had a to produce all the drag they can.

    • Dave Jackson

      Dave Jackson

      Πριν χρόνο

      I would guess because this was the first landing test the escort pilot would not have known for sure how fast / steep it would come down so needed to be ready to land

    • steve brule

      steve brule

      Πριν 3 χρόνια

      it may have been to create drag so they could slow to the pace of the shuttle

  61. Michael Stevantoni

    Michael Stevantoni

    Πριν 4 χρόνια

    Where is this footage from. I'm trying to get the rights to it for a short film.

  62. Briana Jacquard

    Briana Jacquard

    Πριν 5 χρόνια

    Loved this video!! Thanks so much for sharing :):)

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 5 χρόνια

      @Briana Jacquard welcome Briana!

  63. DawgPro

    DawgPro

    Πριν 5 χρόνια

    That's what I'm talking about... No TV grandstanding, just the beef. Great work LM5 Thank You Sharing.

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 5 χρόνια

      @DawgPro thanks for your comments dawg - most of us like the tv coverage but really love the raw footage/audio - This one took me ages to find but it was worth the wait - regards LM5

  64. SpeedBird

    SpeedBird

    Πριν 5 χρόνια

    Thanks for sharing this historical footage with us!

    • SpeedBird

      SpeedBird

      Πριν 5 χρόνια

      @lunarmodule5 I discovered your channel few days ago and I'm watching the videos. Keep up the great work!

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 5 χρόνια

      @SpeedBird034 u r welcome speedbird

  65. lunarmodule5

    lunarmodule5

    Πριν 5 χρόνια

    Am glad people are liking this one...it's been a long time coming.

    • Jackie Dannenberg

      Jackie Dannenberg

      Πριν 3 μήνες

      Love it ! I need to look it up and see if I can find out who was flying in the chase planes. I swear I heard John Young. No doubt he’d be there !

    • Golden Pacific Media

      Golden Pacific Media

      Πριν 3 χρόνια

      My guess is that it's got to be footage from NASA JSC. The camera is in one of the chase planes. The footage is likely public domain.

    • Michael Stevantoni

      Michael Stevantoni

      Πριν 4 χρόνια

      +lunarmodule5 Where is this footage from. I'm trying to get the rights to it for a short film.

  66. John Lambert

    John Lambert

    Πριν 5 χρόνια

    Great work thanks for putting this together.

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 5 χρόνια

      @John Lambert Thanks John - thanks for the comment - LM5

  67. S.B. Spangler

    S.B. Spangler

    Πριν 5 χρόνια

    Nice video. Real clean glimpse of test flight and landing characteristics.

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 5 χρόνια

      @Sam Spangler Thanks for the comment Sam - I had put this one up from the TV coverage some years back - but the NASA commentary is what I have been after for years. LM5

  68. Dan Beaumont Space Museum

    Dan Beaumont Space Museum

    Πριν 5 χρόνια

    I was there! At Dryden Space Center! I loved being there to witness the "Free Flight" of the Enterprise. Thank you for this document, which will make me relive this event at beginning of shuttle program. Nice work again.

  69. Brian L.

    Brian L.

    Πριν 5 χρόνια

    I be lovin' me some Fred Haise...

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 5 χρόνια

      @Brian Liddicoat Good to hear Fred as the CDR huh?

  70. Robert Karma

    Robert Karma

    Πριν 5 χρόνια

    This takes me back to my youth when I watched this event being covered by the networks. I was almost 10 years old and very excited about the promise of manned space exploration to come from the Space Shuttle program. Unfortunately the first launch of Columbia was delayed until April of 1981 and the golden era only lasted until the end of January, 1986. But those were great days while they lasted.

    • lunarmodule5

      lunarmodule5

      Πριν 5 χρόνια

      @Robert Karma I have uploaded the network broadcast elsewhere on the channel - regards LM5

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