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Space Shuttle Trainers CCTs

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Published on Sep 8, 2012

ANNOUNCER-SSgt Steven Conklin - Reporting(00:02):

From the outside, this machine appears to be a well preserved museum exhibit, but as you enter it, you begin to see the years of wear and tear it has endured from training astronauts at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

SOUNDBITE-Jill MacGregor -- Space Vehicle Mockup Facility Manager( 00:14):

The number of crews that sat in there and did their training and learned on it, it was really invaluable to the space shuttle program.

ANNOUNCER-SSgt Steven Conklin:

During the beginning of the Space Shuttle Program, NASA had 3 trainers built. Two Crew Compartment Trainers, or CCTs, with just a flight deck, and one full fuselage trainer, all 3 made to replicate the Space Shuttle and prepare astronauts for more than 100 space missions over the past 30 years. Even John Glenn trained on one in 1998 before he became the oldest man to fly in space. Astronauts like Mike Foreman remember when their training began on the CCTs.

SOUNDBITE-Mike Foreman -- NASA Astronaut(00:48):

First time you see the shuttle cockpit, you think wow, there must be 2000 switches, circuit breakers, dials, buttons, and it is intimidating at first. The space shuttle was 10 times more complicated than any other airplane any of us ever flew, so it was a challenge.

ANNOUNCER-SSgt Steven Conklin:

And that's where the CCTs came in. Astronauts would train in the CCT over hundreds of hours to familiarize themselves with the flight deck.

SOUNDBITE-David Pogue -- NASA Instructor(01:16):

That's why we do training, and that's why a mockup like this is important, you want to make sure that if they had an emergency and they needed to get out then there wouldn't be any problem with them being able to do it. so we practice it in a little more controlled environment but still a relatively realistic environment.

ANNOUNCER-SSgt Steven Conklin:

And just like the space shuttle, the CCTs are now retired, leaving only memories for Mike Forman.

SOUNDBITE-Mike Forman:

I'll always remember the Space Shuttle, that's the vehicle that took me to space. As long as I'm involved with the space program, to me the core vehicle is the space shuttle.

ANNOUNCER-SSgt Steven Conklin:

But soon, one of these trainers will give people near Dayton, Ohio a closer look into NASA's historic space program.

SOUNDBITE-Mike Forman:

And I always say the second best thing about going to space is coming back and telling people about it, sharing your experience, and by putting these in the public sectors, it allows people to kind of experience a little be of what we experienced.

ANNOUNCER-SSgt Steven Conklin:

The National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is welcoming one of the CCTs to its new home later this summer.

SOUNDBITE-Jill MacGregor:

It's just fantastic for a space and airplane geek like me, that would really be a neat place to visit.

ANNOUNCER-SSgt Steven Conklin:

The first CCT built, known as CCT one, has been training astronauts since 1979, and is scheduled to arrive at the museum on NASA's Super Guppy Aircraft. Reporting for Wright Patterson Air Force Base Public Affairs, I'm Staff Sergeant Steven Conklin.

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