40 Great Flight Simulator Adventures

by Charles Gulick

Shuttle Landing

Space Glide

North Position: 17404 Rudder: 32767
East Position: 21723 Ailerons: 32767
Altitude: 14750 Flaps: 0
Pitch: 0 Elevators: 45567 (IBM only)
Bank: 0 Elevators: 40447 (all except IBM)
Heading: 173 Time: 8:52
Airspeed: 125 Season: 2-Spring
Throttle: 0 Wind: 0 Kts, 000

Throttle may not be used in this mode.

    Imagine you're in a space shuttle returning from many days in orbit. You have reentered the atmosphere and must set up your glide to land on the runway you see on the little island directly off your nose. You may land from either direction, since there is no wind. But if you miss the runway, your gear will collapse in soft ground, and you will probably destroy your high-technology, multi-million-dollar spacecraft. Or worse.

Take over as soon as you exit edit mode and give it your best shot. What the astronauts do is circle the landing target as they lose altitude. That seems like a reasonable procedure, but you may think of some other approach.
    Whatever you do, it's a good idea to keep the island in view as you glide. The runway headings, by the way, are 100 and its reciprocal 280, or numbers 10 and 28. Field elevation is 105 feet and the runway is 2500 feet long. That's much shorter than the deluxe freeways the astronauts land on.
    So drive carefully. And if you set her down on the runway, then, as the saying goes, "Outstanding!"
    Good luck.

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