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Boot, Right, Flight, Shuttle, Engle

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Astronaut Joe Engle wore these flight boots aboard Enterprise during the Space Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests in 1977. Paired with pilot Richard Truly, Engle commanded three of the eight piloted test flights, including two of the five free-flight descents to landing. He later commanded two orbital flights aboard Columbia (STS-2, 1981) and Discovery (STS 51-I, 1985). Engle donated his flight suit, jacket, helmet, gloves, and boots to the Museum when Enterprise went on display in 2004.

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  • Title: Boot, Right, Flight, Shuttle, Engle
  • Physical Dimensions: Clothing: 30.5 x 10.2 x 27.9cm (12 x 4 x 11 in.)Men's size 8 1/2 E
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  • Medium: Black scotch grain leather, synthetic soles, metal buckles

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