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    tiki god

    this is CCCP?

    Flickerdart

    Yup. Did fully automatic unmanned takeoff and landing decades before the US, was tested once and then abandoned in a hangar that collapsed and destroyed it.

    SimTek

    The NASA shuttle Enterprise was used for testing and flew unmanned in Earth’s atmosphere in 1977…over a decade before the Buran flew its only flight in 1988. The first manned shuttle flight of the Columbia was in 1981…almost a decade before the Buran.

    Flickerdart

    “Buran remained the only space shuttle to ever perform an unmanned flight in fully automatic mode until 22 April 2010 when the US Air Force launched its Boeing X-37 spaceplane.”

    So no. Enterprise may have flown unmanned – but unlike the Buran, it wasn’t automatic.

    asymon

    It’s in some-German-museum-name-I-don’t-remember-now.
    Hope to see it this autumn.