Space shuttle Enterprise, which since landing on April 27
at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York has sat atop NASA's modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), will be hoisted off the jumbo jet overnight on Saturday (May 12).
The delay between touchdown and demating was to give NASA the time to move and set-up the two large cranes and metal sling needed to separate the two vehicles.
On Saturday afternoon, the ground crew moved the the jumbo jet and orbiter out of the open-ended hangar where they were parked to a staging area for this evening's demating activities.
After being lowered to the ground, Enterprise will be moved into a hangar at the airport to await its early June barging to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, where it will go on public display on July1 19.
The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft will depart Friday (May 18) for Dryden Flight Research Center in California, to await its final ferry flight with space shuttle Endeavour in September.
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