Aviation Photo #1793908 Grumman American G-1159 Gulfstream II/STA - NASA

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She was the pathfinder for the space shuttle "Atlantis" and here she is diving after the shuttle which has just made wheels stop. The nose wheel is retracted on purpose ( she can also use thrust reversers in flight and flaps that deflect up and down) to achieve the same profile as the landing orbiter. The STS traditionally does a overfly of the orbiter as comes to a wheels stop almost like a welcome home salute.
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    Suresh A. Atapattu
    NASA
    Grumman American G-1159 Gulfstream II/STA
    Grumman American G-1159 Gulfstream II
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    Titusville - NASA Shuttle Landing Facility
    Florida
    USA
    May 26, 2010
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