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The Shuttle prototype flies free after being released from NASA's 747 carrier aircraft. Enterprise was used for testing approach & landings as well as launch pad roll outs. Initially it was planned to be outfitted as the second active orbiter after Columbia but it was soon determined that it was far too heavy to see active flight duty and so the rest of the fleet was assembled to new blueprints; whilst Enterprise was consigned to the role as a ‘hangar queen’ - donating parts & acting as a test bed for refinements as well as crash landing tests. It was finally donated to the Smithsonian in 2000 for restoration & display in a purpose built hangar. There are very few good quality original photos of Enterprises early life so I took this thirty year old shot of one of its maiden flights & gave it a creative makeover in Adobe CS3, Noise Ninja and DFT 55mm.

Credit: NASA/JPL.


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09/01/07 8:48 PM GMT
Are Capt. Kirk and Spock on there ?? :) Good post Phil.
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09/01/07 8:54 PM GMT
Nope, but as you may already know, Enterprise was originally to be named Constitution but legions of trekkies sent thousands of letters to President Ford urging it be named after the fictional starship and as a result, he insisted NASA rename the orbiter.
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09/01/07 9:22 PM GMT
Phil, you have really done an outstanding job restoring this, not even a hint of grain. Top work mate.

Ian :)
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10/12/07 9:14 PM GMT
Ok, I really should forward my attempt on the original image, worked with CS2 and Neat Image to you for a good laugh.

I did manage to get a little more detail out of the ground ... but, my word ... your final results aside for a moment ... the red in, and the flag itself in general ... is nothing short of amazing as you now have it.

Beautiful work Phil.
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