Enterprise – The original Space Shuttle in New York

Enterprise – The original Space Shuttle in New York

Space Shuttle was the first orbiter of the Space Shuttle system. Rolled out on September 17, 1976, it was built for NASA as part of the Space Shuttle program to perform atmospheric test flights after being launched from a modified Boeing 747. It was constructed without engines or a functional heat shield.

Shuttle Enterprise Flight to New York / Image: NASA/Robert Markowitz

In 2012, the Intrepid Museum successfully transported Enterprise to its new home in a series of carefully orchestrated movements. The journey started in April when Enterprise was flown from Washington, DC to JFK Airport atop a specially outfitted 747 NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

Next up, the orbiter was carefully craned onto a barge for a multi-day trip from JFK to New Jersey and then up the Hudson River and the Freedom Tower to the Intrepid Museum.

Websites: intrepidmuseum


 

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