|Oct 05, 2009, 12:49 PM|
USS Intrepid - NYC
I was fortunate enough to get a VIP tour of the carrier, planes, helis. guns and a sub yesterday courtesy of the president of the Intrepid. What a great afternoon. If you are in NYC and love planes I highly recommend it.
|Oct 05, 2009, 05:36 PM|
Lets see... I pulled some data off of Yahoo...I think this is a complete list...
Used Only In Atmosphere for Training:
That leaves 4 left. One will probably stay in Florida at NASA. Maybe one to Houston. One certainly to the Smithsonian national space and air museum. That leaves one for the world. Wouldn't be surprised to see it end up in England or somewhere. I'm not sure I see New York in the cards...being so close to Washington and all. Kind of redundant.
Or I'm totally wrong..which would be normal.
|Oct 05, 2009, 06:58 PM|
I think the Intrepid is battling the Smithsonian for it.
I forget which but my tour guide said one of the aircraft on the deck was bought on ebay. How funny is that?
from the link above:
"NASA announced its intention to make three retiring shuttles available to educational institutions, science museums, and other organizations able to acquire and publicly display the Space Shuttle Orbiters and Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME). NASA issued the public Request for Information (RFI) late last year.
“We are uniquely positioned to be the recipient of one of these three national treasures,” said White. “The Intrepid has a proud history with NASA, serving as a primary spacecraft recovery vessel during 1960s. Having brought astronauts Young, Carpenter and Grissom back home from their missions to space, it is fitting that we would become a home to one of our nation’s space program’s most well-known and beloved icons, a shuttle orbiter.”
|Oct 05, 2009, 07:21 PM|
Smithsonian has my vote. Way more history of flight there. Visitors should see from the Wright Brothers to the Space Shuttle. Maybe someday the Intrepid can host an F-117 and B2.
|Oct 08, 2009, 02:27 PM|
Have gone to the Intrepid several times, last was just before the restoration. Wife an I were there while Tom Ridge (then Head of Dept Homeland Sec.) was getting the VIP tour. He is one extremely tall guy...
FWIW, Smithsonian-NASM already has the Enterprise...
My best guess is NASM will get the craft that makes the final Shuttle flight.