Shuttle Enterprise delayed to Friday April 27

Poor weather in New York will force a second delay as Shuttle Enterprise slips to a Friday landing at JFK airport. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Washington, D.C., APRIL 24TH, 2012 — Space shuttle Enterprise, which was set to depart Washington first on Monday, April 23rd had slipped to Wednesday for the new flight time. Now, a call for rain in New York on Wednesday will slip the ferry flight back to Friday, where weather forecasts show weather is favorable in both locations.Federal Aviation Administration officials and NASA will continue to monitor the weather, with further weather delays possible. The exact route and timing will depend on weather and other constraints.

Mounted on Friday, April 20th on top of NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Boeing 747 jet, Enterprise will “eventually” take off from Washington Dulles International Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport for display at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

“To ensure a safe flight for Enterprise and the SCA, NASA managers, in consultation with the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum decided Friday to delay the flight because of inclement weather predicted in both New York and Washington,” NASA officials stated in a released statement. “Managers will continue to review weather forecasts and announce a new flight date as soon as practical.”

Enterprise, which never flew in space, was used for a series of approach and landing tests in the late 1970s and transferred to the Smithsonian Institute’s National Air & Space Museum in 1985. The shuttle prototype finally went on display in 2004 with the opening of the James McDonnell Space Hangar at the museum’s Udvar-Hazy center in Chantilly, VA.

Enterprise Low-Altitude Flyover

NASA has announced that it plans to fly Enterprise at low altitudes over various parts of New York City before coming in for a landing at JFK. “If all goes as planned, the aircraft is expected to fly near a variety of landmarks in the metropolitan area, including the Statue of Liberty and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum,” a NASA press statement stated. The flyover was said to depend on the weather and other operational constraints.

In June, Enterprise will move by barge to the Intrepid, going past such iconic landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center. When the barge trip along the Hudson River is completed, Enterprise will be raised by crane to a place near the deck of the USS Intrepid, where it will be on public display in a temporary climate controlled facility until a permanent facility can be constructed.

For more information on the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, go to www.intrepidmuseum.org.


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