When NASA retired the Space Shuttle fleet, they picked places for the shuttles to be shown. Seattle was in the bidding for one of the 4 shuttles, but didn’t make the cut, instead landing the Shuttle Trainer. People here lament the fact that we “lost”, but no, I think we won! The cities that will host actual shuttles, must display them away from the public (look but don’t touch), while WE, here in Seattle, will be able to climb into the shuttle trainer and play with it. It’s a mock up of a shuttle, built in the 1970′s, is made of plywood, but has all the systems that the shuttle used, for astronaut training. The only thing the trainer doesn’t have, are the wings.
This weekend, the nose and crew compartment are being flown to Seattle via NASA’s ‘Super Guppy’. Then only 3 more parts are needed to be shipped (the cargo bay and the stand for same). Then they will put it together, and it’ll go into a new gallery at the Museum of Flight.
Like I said above, I think Seattle got the best part of the picks. No, we didn’t land an actual shuttle, we landed something far better.
See the move from NASA to the airport and the trainer being loaded onto the Super Guppy. Shuttle Trainer Coming to Seattle