Finally, today we learned what museums around the country are going to get a space shuttle after they retire. It was a total surprise, since museums that were picked just didn't make any sense. Ok, KSC and Smithsonian, were pretty much expected. California Science Center in Los Angeles gets Endeavour. Uh... when did they say they were in the running for one? Not a peep out of them, and they get one? I read that they kept their request very quiet not to raise a bunch of excitement.
Then there is Enterprise, the parting gift shuttle for the leftover museum (we all wanted space flown hardware right?). I was expecting and hoping that Seattle would at least get Enterprise if not a "real" space flown shuttle. Then New York City was announced. WHAT?! I figured that they had even less chance then the Evergreen Museum in McMinville, Oregon, in the middle of the wheat field. I do remember reading that the winning museum had to have fairly easy access to a runway that the 747 could operate on to deliver the goods.
...a sufficiently long enough runway on which to land the 747 that will carry the Shuttles to their ultimate destinations.So, since Captain Sully landed an airbus on the Hudson, that qualifies the Intrepid Museum to barge the shuttle up the river and plop it on a dock surrounded by water?
Now look at the location of the museum in LA. How do they plan on getting that thing from LAX (assuming they deliver it there) to the museum? Close the freeway and tow it over there? I just don't see how they met the requirements for the runway. Again, Boeing field in Seattle would have been a better choice.
If one of the shuttles went to Houston, and the other to Dayton I would have shrugged and said "We gave it a good try here in Seattle, but that was kind of expected. Bummer!"
Seattle will get the full sized, wingless, training mock-up. At least there is word that we'll be able to go inside this, but it's still just a big model.