Aviation Photo #1820807 Scaled Composites 339 SpaceShipTwo (SS2) - Virgin Galactic

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SpaceShipTwo during the landing roll after its third successful unpowered flight. WhiteKnightTwo released it at high altitude and the unpowered flight back to earth was about 12 minutes long.
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    Gerhard Plomitzer
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    Scaled Composites 339 SpaceShipTwo (SS2)
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    Scaled Composites 339 SpaceShipTwo (SS2)
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    N339SS
    Mojave
    California
    USA
    November 17, 2010
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Comments (6)

Anonymous
6 years ago
Wow! The future has arrived. Does anyone know why the nose gear has a skid-plate and not a wheel?
Anonymous
6 years ago
Skid plate vs real wheel? For sure it's all about space (the whole mecanism would be big for the nose?) + weight (this looks a lot lighter!).

My question is how you steer this ship on the ground!?
Anonymous
6 years ago
I assume during the ground roll you would steer with the rudder and maybe differential braking. Thereafter it would have to be towed since it is unpowered. Anyone who knows for sure can correct me if I'm wrong.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great Picture! It is just a breathtaking aircraft! To see this must have been great, The detail in the picture is incredible and its really interesting to see how the landing gear is and the flaps at the rear of the spacecraft. Great Shot, A++
Anonymous
6 years ago
I like these small wheels :) They look funny in comparison with Spaceship size.
Anonymous
2 years ago
Heavy heart goes out to the families of the crew.

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