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NASA 729, Wilbur, the Brothership of NASA 731, Orville, is taken aloft in a low altitude (1,000 ft.) flight to check handling qualities.

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NASA 731, Orville, is prepared for a low altitude hop (1,000 ft.) at Ames Research Center on Moffet Field to checkout aircraft and data systems.

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NASA 729, Wilbur, the Brothership of NASA 731, Orville, is prepared for a low altitude (1,000 ft.) flight to check handling qualities.
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Larry Lemke and Cheryle Corpus making final connections before flight.
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Cheryle Corpus carrying Wilbur (NASA 729), clearing the runway for the mothership landing.
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Bob Parks, the pilot, kneeling by the aircraft.

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See Caption Ames Research Center's Kitty Hawk 3 ground crew is pleased with test results L - R Bob Hogan, ARC; Bob Parks, DHC; Andy Gonzales, ARC; Dave Hall, DHC; Annie Hjelstrom, Lockheed; Cheryle Corpus, ARC.
See Caption Commemorative High Altitude Test Flight Placard on NASA 731 (note actual altitude achieved was 103,000).
See Caption NASA 731, Orville, is prepared for a low altitude hop (1,000 ft.) at Tillamook, OR Airport to checkout aircraft and data systems.
See Caption Ames Research Center's Kitty Hawk 3 ground crew pauses during balloon integration checkout L - R, Cheryle Corpus, Larry Lemke, Andy Gonzales - all of ARC.
See Caption Ames Research Center's Kitty Hawk 3 ground crew pauses during balloon integration checkoutL - R, Dave Hall; DHC, Cheryle Corpus, ARC; Larry Lemke, ARC.

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NASA 731 carried aloft by its Mothership, NASA 720 for a low altitude (1,000 ft.) checkout flight.

See Caption NASA 729 on downwind over Moffett Field.
See Caption NASA 729 just before touchdown at Moffett Field.

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Kitty Hawk 3 (NASA 731) on landing at Moffett Field

See Caption Telemetry displayed on Ground Control Station showing NASA 731 circling Tillamook Ariport on its planned flight course.
See Caption Snapshot of video downlink showing Kitty Hawk 3 flying on the edge of space.

See Caption Kitty Hawk 3 (NASA 731) just prior to balloon launch.
See Caption Kitty Hawk 3 (NASA 731) just prior to balloon launch - closeup.
See Caption Kitty Hawk 3 (NASA 731) on final countdown to balloon launch.
See Caption Final balloon integration of Kitty Hawk 3 (NASA 731).

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Kitty Hawk 3 (NASA 731) being lifted by helium balloon.

See Caption Kitty Hawk 3 (NASA 731) flying on the edge of space.
See Caption Kitty Hawk 3 (NASA 731) just after balloon release.
See Caption Kitty Hawk 3 (NASA 731) circling high over Tillamook Airport with coast in view.
See Caption Kitty Hawk 3 (NASA 731) circling downwind over Tillamook Airport

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Kitty Hawk 3 (NASA 731) at 1,000 ft.

See Caption See Caption Kitty Hawk 3 (NASA 731) on final to Tillamook Airport.
See Caption Kitty Hawk 3 (NASA 731) takes off from Tillamook Airport.

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