First free flight of space shuttle Enterprise 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 12 1977)

Video: 'Space Shuttle Enterprise - Free flight Test - ABC News - 8/12/1977'

(Friday, August 12, 1977, 8:48 a.m. PDT) — The space shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test today by taking off atop a Boeing 747, separating and then making a smooth glide landing on a dry lake bed in California’s Mojave Desert.

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