Intrepid prepares to welcome Enterprise aboard
Jenna Lee visits shuttle's new home
- Duration 3:50
- Date Apr 27, 2012
Jenna Lee visits shuttle's new home
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Home is going to be on board the USS intrepid on Manhattan's west side as we've been telling you over the last few hours -- historic aircraft carrier is now a museum -- Hudson River.
And we had a chance to speak with the curator and aviation there.
Eric -- we started by talking about the enormous task.
I'm bringing this shuttle EC on your screen to the entrapment.
Well -- -- a few blocks away from Times Square right in on Manhattan on the Hudson River.
And you have a space shuttle that's coming here having an idealist that life is good but what -- -- yes toward New York City but at a space shuttle -- with the partisan when -- First found out that the -- is gonna come here as well I was really jest because.
The enterprise especially being the prototype space shuttle.
And my background and aviation history said at a price that's the -- Did you have to do a lot of rearranging it like massive furniture rearranging to get -- -- on deck are you kidding me there was where we're standing now there was airplanes all in this area so we had to really re arrange the entire flight deck every single airplane has been moved to reposition.
And sadly we have to decide.
Which ones that had to go three airplanes had to be removed image that just yesterday.
In -- -- -- no -- other going to another museum in Schenectady, New York.
How big of a deal is it to actually get -- -- shuttle.
On the -- have been set.
Probably every single employee here it's a giant team effort it's -- credit process right to get it.
Here -- at first that it's gonna it's gonna flight away and and I -- the -- -- probably.
A little too simple.
That is -- simple.
She's gonna make a really wonderful fly -- here -- at JFK and then after a few weeks will bring around by barge and people variables here again.
How long -- take.
To get her off the barge in on its use the deck can literally moments really but all the planning going into -- taking your -- but and she's gonna sit outside.
No if you look around you'll notice that users steel beams that have been welded down.
To the deck.
And that is actually the foundation of dead air supported structure of this air supported structure.
We'll completely -- her -- And shall be protected -- that.
May have -- -- -- planes they're they're exposed the elements like you had this shot outside all of the shuttles is too fragile this is this is really now a national treasurer -- Intrepid has -- -- interesting history.
With the space program what can you tell us about that most people don't realize that but it -- then.
Combat ship for a long time she's of course served in World War II but most people don't realize that her history through the Cold War.
And the space race very important role she recovered.
Scott -- there's Mercury emissions when he splashed out in the ocean and also the -- -- -- -- of this person -- out.
So we do have some space history here if I come and visit the and track bed.
What kind of access to the setup and mega -- always will be able walked right into this building what's where -- you are right now and you can walk right underneath.
Terror expert on a -- of proper up about ten feet high.
Do you will be able to get underneath.
And walk all the way around really a sense of this i.'s most people don't realize how big this thing really is connected in the -- seat belt where I left -- and -- once -- -- go back to that national treasure that we have to preserve so now that we know incite acts in LA and inspect rides -- like that.
Would this mean to you this is -- that.
Obviously loves history and -- aviation and and levs is military history -- to have the shadow under your watch suggests.
-- dream it I mean you get to finish -- enemy combined well and maintenance issues there may be -- time I have to get inside there but -- -- -- -- -- -- they're spending.
Wait I think I think it's probably getting -- get a look in fact I imagine right --