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Re: NASA to announce undeserving shuttle winners today
Posted by Sand Box John on Tue Apr 12 22:12:57 2011, in response to Re: NASA to announce undeserving shuttle winners today, posted by WillD on Tue Apr 12 13:47:32 2011.IMHO sending the Enterprise to New York was a mistake, in part because of its relative proximity to Washington DC and the Udvar Hazy Center. I'd rather have seen the Enterprise go to the Northwest, maybe the Evergreen Aircraft Museum in Oregon, or the Museum of Flight in Seattle. The remaining Shuttles should be distributed between California, the Midwest, and the Udvar Hazy Center.
I was surprised that NASA chose to remove Enterprise from the Smithsonian in Virginia and move it to the Intrepid Museum in New York and replace it with Discovery. I figured NASA would leave Enterprise there and distribute the working orbiters around the country.
I remember the day Enterprise was ferried to Dulles Airport. (11 18 1985) I was making a delivery to a bank on King Street in Alexandria Virginia. Two girls were walking towards me, I stopped them and politely asked them if they had ever seen the Space Shuttle in person, I got a puzzled look in return. I then pointed to the sky across the street and said "There it is".
Prior to landing at Dulles Airport the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with the Enterprise atop did a lap of Washington DC over the Capitol Beltway, I happen to be in Alexandria as it was flying by from east to west.
John in the sand box of Maryland's eastern shore.
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