Shuttle Endeavour atop a modified 747 on low approach at Ellington Field near the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston TX on Dec. 11 2008. The supporting C17, T-38s, F16s and Apache helicopters can also be seen in the video. The Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) also appears in the video. The Shuttle training aircraft (STA) is used to simulate the landing portion for Shuttle commanders and Shuttle pilots. Engine reversers, full flaps, and fully down landing gear are used when simulating the Shuttle approaches in order to reduce the lift from the STA and more closely approximate the glideslope of the Shuttle on final approach. For high resolution photos please visit http://www.plasmaben.com/Endeavour.html
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