April 29, 2014
— NASA's space shuttle-carrying jumbo jet is on the move.
Two years after completing its final orbiter ferry flights, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747 jetliner, departed a Houston air field to be placed on public display. The partially-dismantled, white and blue aircraft completed the first leg of its 8-mile (13-kilometer), two-night road trip to Space Center Houston overnight on Monday (April 28).
"Even in a state as big as Texas, a move of this size is unprecedented," Houston Mayor Annise Parker said. "This massive exhibit will celebrate American ingenuity and create an international icon highlighting Houston's leadership role as Space City, USA.
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