Video: landing the Space Shuttle (HUD view)

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The Space Shuttle might seem like a very powerful machine, but for the return leg of its voyage it was nothing more than a glider. In this heart-pounding video, you’ll ride along with astronauts as they guide the 165,000 lb. glider to a safe landing. Watch the heads-up display to see the surprisingly high airspeed and sink rate, as they start the flare from 1000 feet. But just like in a Schweizer or a Skyhawk, precise flying leads to a smooth touchdown.

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Coming from an aviation family, John grew up in the back of small airplanes and learned to fly as a teenager. Ever since, he has been hooked on anything with wings and regularly flies a Citabria, a Pilatus PC-12 and a Robinson R44 helicopter. He is an ATP and also holds ratings for multiengine, seaplanes, gliders, and helicopters. In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of Air Facts, John is a Vice President at Sporty’s Pilot Shop, responsible for new product development and marketing.

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