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SFS News: WhightKnightTwo - Failure of a Speedbrake Actuator

Posted by: Rob Goldsmith - Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:31 am
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Post SFS News: WhightKnightTwo - Failure of a Speedbrake Actuator   Posted on: Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:31 am
Flight: 10
Date: 19 June 09
Flight Time: 6 hours (planned)
Pilot: Siebold Copilot: Nichols
FTE: None

Objectives:
To evaluate performance, stability and control, and cold soak effects on 1st long cross country. Flyby at Spaceport America as able.

Results:
En route testing above 40,000 feet was uneventful. During the descent toward the Spaceport America groundbreaking we experienced a failure of a speedbrake actuator. Based on facilities available and logistics for our ground crew, the pilots elected to make a precautionary landing at Williams Gateway airport near Phoenix. Our ground crew is on site and we hope to return to Mojave either this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

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