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[i]The Tulsa Air and Space Museum is continuing its fundraising efforts in hopes of landing a retiring space shuttle.
The museum has raised nearly $100,000 since NASA announced in December 2008 that three NASA shuttles were headed for retirement.
Tulsa is one of 21 cities competing for the shuttles. One, the Discovery, has been granted to the Smithsonian Institution, already home to the Enterprise shuttle.
If the Smithsonian is given a second shuttle, the Enterprise possibly would move to another city, said Jim Bridenstine, executive director of Tulsa Air and Space Museum.
The Enterprise came to Tulsa in 1979 as a reward for the effect the city has had on space shuttles, such as building bay doors on all of the space shuttles, Bridenstine said.
The first 747 shuttle carrier aircraft was also modified at the American Airlines Maintenance Base in Tulsa.[/i]
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