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It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a...Space Shuttle?

Weather-depending, the space shuttle Enterprise is scheduled to fly over New York City on Friday morning.

If you thought D.C. got to have all the space shuttle flyover fun, you were happily mistaken.

NASA's space shuttle Enterprise is scheduled to soar over the Hudson River on Friday between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. as part of its celebrated arrival to New York City.

The shuttle will be attached to a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), flanked by two T-38s. The whole ensemble will fly over the Statue of Liberty and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, where the shuttle will eventually be housed.

According to the museum's website, the SCA will land at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where it will spend the next few weeks being de-mated from the Enterprise. The shuttle will be transported by barge to the museum—located in Hell's Kitchen—sometime in June, and the exhibit will be open to the public in July.

The flyover is dependent on the weather, so check back with Patch for updates on the shuttle's arrival.

Phil Konigsberg April 30, 2012 at 05:43 AM
I drove to Inwood (Nassau County), one of the closest locations to the start of Runway 31L where the SCA was scheduled to land at JFK. It was an amazing sight as the approaching double aircraft descended from a distance (and what seemed to to be right toward me) although surprisingly WITHOUT ITS LANDING GEAR DOWN. As the aircraft neared the runway my anxiety was cleared up as the flight was not over. The SCA pulled up while over the runway, and to the joy of all the spectators, the pilot and accompanying T-38 escort circled over JFK and the surrounding area for its encore loop. In a few minutes the aircraft reappeared and made its final approach (this time with its landing gear down) to Runway 31L again and slowly and softly touched down on the ground. Seeing the Shuttle approach so close twice was an added treat and well worth the trip.

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