Enterprise on test flight above California desert
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1977: Test shuttle makes first free flight

In August 1977 the first free flight of Nasa's prototype shuttle, the Enterprise, took place over the California desert.

The ship - named after the famous Star Trek vessel - was carried to high altitude on a modified Boeing 747 before being released to glide back to Earth.

  • 01 Jul 2011