Nal_onal Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, Texas 77058
Enterprise,the nation's first Space Shuttle orbiter,will be
on display at Ellington Air Force Base for three days, March 10-12, 1978.
Enterpriseis 'enrouteto the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center,
Huntsville,Alabama,where it will undergo a series of ground vibration
tests. The 75-ton orbiter will be flown piggy-backatop its carrier
aircrafta modified 747 jetliner. The EllingtonAir Force Base stop
is a scheduled re-fuelingstop for the 747 enroute from the NASA Dryden
Flight ResearchCenter, Edwards,Californiato the NASA facility in Alabama.
The public is invited to view the landing at 2 p.m., March 10.
The 747 Orbiter combinationwill be on public display from 2 p.m.
through 5 p.m. on March 10 and again from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March ll and March 12.
Enterpriseis the first of several Shuttle orbitersNASA plans
to build for the Shttle TransportationSystem which will begin with