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The Space Shuttle Enterprise (NASA Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-101) was the first Space Shuttle orbiter. It was built for NASA as part of the Space Shuttle program to perform test flights in the atmosphere. It was constructed without engines or a functional heat shield, and was therefore not capable of spaceflight. 
On September 17, 1976, the first full scale prototype was completed.
 
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The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise took place on August 12, 1977.



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Space Shuttle Enterprise Removed from 747 Carrier Aircraft



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Space Shuttle Enterprise "Demated" From Plane Overnight

While you were sleeping, the Space Shuttle Enterprise was "demated" from the NASA 747 that brought her to NYC. Sometime around 3 or 4 a.m. Sunday morning, the shuttle was separated from the plane she piggybacked here on, and was placed back inside of JFK Airport's Hangar 12. The process took over ten hours.
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Crews Work Through The Night To Separate Space Shuttle Enterprise From 747

Crews at John F. Kennedy Airport were in the middle of a delicate operation on Sunday morning, separating the Space Shuttle Enterprise from the 747 it flew in on a few weeks ago.
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 Space Shuttle Enterprise over New York (April 27, 2012)



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 Space Shuttle Enterprise in New York fly-by

The space shuttle Enterprise has had a piggyback ride on a 747 during a flyover of the Statue of Liberty and other New York landmarks.
Enterprise is on its way to its new home at the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, which is on an aircraft carrier docked in New York City's Hudson River.
The prototype shuttle was used only for atmospheric test flights.

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 Weather Postpones Shuttle Enterprise Flight to New York

NASA's planned flight to New York City of space shuttle Enterprise atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) has been postponed until further notice due to an unfavorable weather forecast for Monday, April 23.
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Space Shuttle Enterprise maiden "flight" on February 18, 1977

While at NASA Dryden, Enterprise was used by NASA for a variety of ground and flight tests intended to validate aspects of the shuttle program. The initial nine-month testing period was referred to by the acronym ALT, for "Approach and Landing Test". These tests included a maiden "flight" on February 18, 1977 atop a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) to measure structural loads and ground handling and braking characteristics of the mated system. Ground tests of all orbiter subsystems were carried out to verify functionality prior to atmospheric flight.
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On August 12, 1977, the space shuttle Enterprise flew on its own for the first time.
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