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Gulfstream (jet)

NASA STA Shuttle Training Aircraft
NASA Gulfstream Shuttle Training Aircraft
To train Space Shuttle pilots in landing the vehicle, prior to making their first spaceflight, NASA uses a modified Gulfstream 2 executive jet. The cockpit has been divided into two-with Shuttle controls on the left, and normal Gulfstream controls on the right. The flight dynamics of the Shuttle were calculated before the Shuttle actually flew, and the Gulfstream 2 trainer modified accordingly. The calculations proved to be so accurate that very few changes have been made since the Shuttle entered service.

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