It’s a bird, it’s a plane, oh wait a second.. it’s a space shuttle riding in on a plane?! After a week of delays, Enterprise flew on the back of a plane today into its new home of New York City. It was a short flight from Washington D.C. to New York, but bystanders lined the shores of the Hudson River this morning to catch a glimpse of the shuttle’s last flight.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to escape the office to catch views of the shuttle in person, but I’ve been following the story on social media all morning and found some great photos courtesy of BuzzFeed to share. Enterprise will become a permanent display at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum by mid-summer.
When you think of New York you don’t usually think of the space program though so why was it chosen for its home? It turns out that New York state has actually produced more astronauts than most states in the United States! Enterprise was also the original prototype for NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, so having such an important piece of history is an honor to all of New York’s astronauts as well as citizens who have been awed by the space program throughout the years.