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Space Shuttle Enterprise & Boeing 747 Model - Dragon Wings 56183

Space Shuttle Enterprise & Boeing 747 Model - Dragon Wings 56183 - click to enlarge
Space Shuttle Enterprise & Boeing 747 Model - Dragon Wings 56183 - click to enlarge

Item No. DRW-56183
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Dragon Models "Dragon Wings" Diecast Model

Space Shuttle Enterprise (OV-101) and a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

1:400 Scale.  Boeing 747 - Length: 6.75”.  Wingspan: 6”

Includes display stand

The Space Shuttle Enterprise (Designation: OV-101) was the first space shuttle orbiter. It was built to perform test flights in the atmosphere. The Enterprise was constructed without engines or a functional heat shield, and was therefore not capable of space flight. It was originally to be named Constitution. However, viewers of the popular science fiction TV show Star Trek started a write-in campaign urging the White House to select the name Enterprise.

The first unmanned test flight of the Enterprise atop a NASA Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier (SCA) occurred on February 18, 1977. The mated Enterprise/SCA combination was subjected to five test flights with the Enterprise unmanned and unactivated. These tests were followed by three test flights with Enterprise manned to test the shuttle flight control system. Finally, Enterprise underwent five free flights where the astronaut crew separated the spacecraft from the 747 and maneuvered it to a landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

To transport its fleet of Space Shuttle orbiters NASA employs two extensively modified Boeing 747 airliners. These large transporter aircraft are known as Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), one being a 747-100 and the other a 747-100SR (short range). The Boeing 747 is ideal for this task owing to its low-wing design, although the drag and weight reduces its range to 1,000 nautical miles (1,850 km). On a transcontinental flight the SCAs need to land several times to refuel.

The Dragon Wings Space Collection includes high quality, fully assembled, die-cast models of spacecraft and rockets. Each model is crafted with meticulous attention to detail using original specifications. They are constructed with diecast metal and some plastic components.

Category: Dragon Wings Space Collection

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