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70s Enterprise
As it says on the sign, this is the actual spacecraft Enterprise. Not the NC-1701a, but rather the Space Shuttle vehicle number OV-101. It was a test machine, fully flyable, but without any engines. It was used to test the aerodynamics and controls, and to allow the pilots a chance to practice landing. A shuttle landing is un powered, extremely high speed, and must be completed the first time, (no chance to abort the landing, go around and try again).

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