Even the Space Shuttle Gets Delayed When Trying to Land at JFK
The Space Shuttle is on the move during its retirement, and most recently one of the shuttles hitched a ride atop a modified Boeing 747 to be delivered to Washington, DC. Before its delivery, the piggybacked plane with the shuttle on top did some fancy flying around the nation’s capital, with dips and dives through the city and near some pretty famous monuments. Well now it’s New York’s turn to get its very own shuttle, but unfortunately even NASA and the Space Shuttle aren't immune to weather and airport delays in New York.
Today was supposed to be the day for Enterprise, but it looks like today’s rainy and windy weather will postpone things. We’ve been there before, so we feel for the pilots and crew transporting the shuttle from Washington, DC up to the Big Apple. At least they won’t be stuck at the airport watching the satellite weather feed with spotty WiFi and limited seating.
Right now it sounds like NASA is just postponing things without a new plan in place, but they are promising to get the arrival rescheduled and figured out as soon as possible. Eventually the mission will be to get the plane up to New York-JFK where it’ll be loaded onto a barge for a flight up the Hudson River to its permanent home at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Before that it’ll probably do the flyover thing and do some neat tricks for those watching from the ground—like dipping for a closer look of the Statue of Liberty. So for now your shuttle spotting parties will have to wait, but we’ll be sure to fill you in when things are rescheduled.