Thanks to the permission and the talents of Alan Radecki, we're
pleased to share the following photos with you of the most recent test flight of SpaceShip One
and the landing problems it encountered.
As was previously reported, the White Knight turbojet launch
aircraft, flown by test pilot Peter Siebold, carried research
rocket plane SpaceShipOne to 48,000 feet near the desert town of
California City (CA).
At 8:15 a.m. PDT, 12/17/03, White Knight Flight engineer Cory Bird
pulled a handle to release SpaceShipOne. The spaceship's test
pilot, Brian Binnie then flew it to a stable 0.55 Mach gliding