Elizabeth Danirjian, 5, of Santa Clarita, California, looks at Space Shuttle Endeavour atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft after it landed at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on September 20, 2012.
X-24B - The X-24B made two precise landings on the main concrete runway at Edwards which showed that accurate unpowered reentry vehicle landings were operationally feasible. Pilots on these missions would fly steep descents and then perform a "flare out" maneuver at high speeds to make a 200 mph landing. These missions represented the final milestone in a program that helped write the flight plan for the NASA Space Shuttle program. source: Wikipedia
December 17, 2013 marks the 110th anniversary of the world's first powered flight by the Wright Brothers in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. The Wright Experience tested a reproduction of the successful Wright Flyer in NASA Langley's historic Full Scale Tunnel in 2003.
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The Super Guppy is the latest iteration of its kind – the last of three outsized aircraft to have transported a number of NASAs hefty payloads ranging from Saturn rockets to International Space Station modules. Image released March 21, 2013