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NASA managers and Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum officials met Wednesday morning to review plans for the ferry of space shuttle Enterprise from Washington Dulles International Airport to John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York.
Weather is predicted to be favorable for the entire flight, although forecasting more than a day in advance is problematic because of a large region of low pressure dominating the East Coast. Managers will assess the forecast again on Thursday morning.
Once officially approved, NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with Enterprise mounted atop will fly at a relatively low altitude over various parts of the New York City metropolitan area on Friday. The aircraft is expected to fly near a variety of landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and Intrepid. After the flyover is complete, the SCA will land at JFK.
The Federal Aviation Administration is coordinating the flight, which is scheduled to occur between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. EDT, weather permitting. The exact route and timing depend on weather and operational constraints.
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