Buran OK-GLI

Although the Soviet Buran space program only ever achieved in a single orbital flight, we’ve found a surprising number of space shuttles on Google Earth. We started with images of a structural test shuttle and then the abandoned follow-up model and today we present the OK-GLI, an aero test model which completed 25 aero test flights and 9 taxi tests. According to Wikipedia the OK-GLI’s post-Soviet life began with a stint as a museum in Sydney before being offered up for auction in Los Angeles and then finally ending up here in Bahrain, wasting away. A German company…

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