Well, 5 days ago. STS-2. NasaSpaceFlight.com has a retrospective:
Turn-around was about 5 months, it seems, but another month was added
for tile repairs after RCS hypergolics were spilled. An abort spoiled
the Nov 4 date, and the Nov 12 date was also in issue due to mux/demux
Launch was 7 months after the STS-1 launch. The flight lasted 2 days
instead of the planned 5, due to a fuel cell failure. This was also
the first flight where SRB joint o-ring erosion was found.
(For JFM, there's a picture of /Columbia/ descending to Edwards. The
angle is chosen to give the most appropriate airspeed; I'm not sure
what the sink rate for level flight would be if you started trying it
at the speed and elevation pictured.)
"What do you think of my cart, Miss Morland? A neat one, is not it?
Well hung: curricle-hung in fact. Come sit by me and we'll test the
(Speculative fiction by H.Lacedaemonian.)