Space Shuttle STS Enterprise at Stansted Airport Essex UK, Sunday June 5th 1983

The visit to Stansted airport in Essex (UK) by the space shuttle 'Enterprise' or its correct name the STS 'Enterprise' riding piggy back on a heavily modified Boeing 747-100 (B747-123) on a typically British overcast and chilly early summers day, Sunday June 5th 1983. It was either coming from or on its way to the Paris Airshow (can't remember which?)

 

Don't forget that Stansted was a fairly minor regional airport then and the STS Columbia's maiden voyage into space was just over two years previously in April 1981. Stansted was probably chosen for the visit because of it's wide open spaces for spectators and it's very long runway.

 

Apparently over 200,000 people made the trip to see it. (including me!) Considering the huge public interest at the time, very few photographs exist of this occasion on the internet, (that I can find anyway!)

 

Incidentally the 'Enterprise' never went into space although it did fly unaided in the Earths atomosphere several times for develpoment purposes also it was named after its Star Trek starship namesake. The Enterprise now retired resides at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

 

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Taken on June 5, 1983