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Grumman American G-1159 Gulfstream II/STA - NASA
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A Shuttle Training Aircaft (STA) is a highly modified Gulfstream-2. The plane’s cockpit has been adapted to closely resemble a Shuttle's flight deck; the left-hand seat features the same hand controls that a Shuttle commander uses during a mission. The STA flies at the same speeds, dive angle and approach trajectory as the Shuttle. To do this, the main gear is lowered (not nose gear) and the aircraft engines are thrown into reverse in-flight. This aircraft is primed to leave to KSC for STS-126 training.
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