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AFFTC commander Brig. Gen. Curtis Bedke experienced a Shuttle approach and landing in NASA's Shuttle Training Aircraft from STS-114 commander Eileen Collins.

Photo Number: EC05-0062-1
Photo Date: March 29, 2005
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Brig. Gen. Curtis Bedke, commander of the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, received some first-hand insight on how to fly a Space Shuttle approach and landing, courtesy of NASA astronaut and STS-114 mission commander Eileen Collins. The series of proficiency flights in NASA's modified Grumman Gulfstream-II Shuttle Training Aircraft were in preparation for the STS-114 mission with the shuttle Discovery. Although NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is the primary landing site for Space Shuttle missions, flight crews also practice the shuttle's steep approach and landing at Edwards in case weather or other situations preclude a landing at the Florida site and force a diversion to Edwards AFB.
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NASA Photo by: Tom Tschida
Keywords: Brig. Gen. Curtis Bedke, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Space Shuttle approach and landing, STS-114 mission commander Eileen Collins, Grumman Gulfstream-II Shuttle Training Aircraft, STS-114, Discovery

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