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Author(s): Harold Michelson, Joseph R. Jennings
Illustrator(s): Lee Cole, Lew Splittgerber, Dan Maltese, Rick Sternbach (2nd edition)
Publisher: Paramount Pictures
Published: February 1978 (first edition)
1979 (second edition)
Pages: 58 (first edition)

The "Enterprise" Flight Manual was an internal document of Paramount Pictures intended to instruct the stage effects technicians on wiring up all of the work station's control panel backlits and working switches and indicator lights, and giving the actors basic button-pushing lessons on the various standing sets, most notably the bridge of the refit-USS Enterprise.

A photocopied document in oblong format, it was distributed only two months after the Star Trek: Phase II project was upgraded to Star Trek: The Motion Picture. There were variations of the first edition, each with slightly differing contents, depending on which department they were distributed to, and authors and illustrators were not mentioned in that edition. The first edition carried photocopied handwritten annotations form the designers in question. The cover of the first edition featured artwork taken from Franz Joseph's Star Trek Star Fleet Technical Manual, at that time still considered a canon work.

A second, edited, and supplemented edition was distributed a year later, after the hiring of Rick Sternbach, with an adjusted cover and in which the authors were given credit. Sternbach later, in the 2000s, marketed a higher quality, commercial edition, entitled, "U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 Constitution Class Refit Flight Control Familiarization Manual" through the Internet.

As Joseph's manual has since then been demoted as an officially endorsed work, the "Enterprise" Flight Manual, has, for all intents and purposes, become the first "official" technical manual of its kind.

Contents (first edition)

  • Bridge layout
  • Bridge
    • Communications
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Weapons and Defense
    • Bridge Transporter
    • Damage & Repair
    • Internal Security
    • Engineering
    • Tractor Beam
    • Science Officer
    • Helmsman
    • Navigation
    • Captain's Chair
  • Engine Room
    • Console #1 (Impulse Systems)
    • Console #2 (Warp Systems)
    • Console #3 (In Foyer)
  • Briefing Room
  • Transporter room
  • Kirk's Quarters
  • Medical lab
  • Examining Room
    • Scan Console
    • Medical Transporter
  • Sick Bay (Bed Monitor)

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