White Sands Space Harbor
During the Space Shuttle program, [White Sands Space Harbor, formerly Northrup Strip] was used extensively by the Shuttle Training Aircraft. The STAs, modified versions of the Gulfstream II, were designed to mimic the shuttle’s aerodynamic behavior inside an atmosphere.
The shuttle was nicknamed “the Flying Brick,” so pilots required additional means to practice landing.
~Joseph T. Page II
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Official Website: White Sands Space Harbor at NASA.gov