Thank you for that confirmation. I thought it was - and “First Flight” is one of my all time favorite Star Trek episodes ever.
I think it is amazing how much of a physical model was built for the nose of the NX prototypes. They don’t show much of it interacting with actors in the show which makes me think there must have been a deleted scene or something like that.
As far as I remember they hang around “underneath” the NX-Beta which is when Trip first appears with “There’s nothing wrong with that engine…”
Great stuff from a great episode.