Ryburn Ross' scratch-built von Braun Space Ferry

Ryburn built this great model from scratch, following the drawings of Wernher von Braun's 1950s design for an early precursor to the Space Shuttle. Note the large upper-stage wings and the correspondingly larger booster fins in the same plane to insure stability. Note also the nice through-the-fuselage launch-lug arrangement.

Here's final pad prep of the Space Ferry...

...and LIFTOFF!

The booster recovers on a chute.

The orbiter glides down nicely.

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