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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-10-2006 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Move aside California, Oregon wants an orbiter...

From the McMinnville News Register:

When the Evergreen Aviation Museum completes construction of its twin building north of the existing facility, what could possibly be large enough to fill it and famous enough to draw lots of tourists? How about a space shuttle?

Obtaining a decommissioned shuttle from NASA isn't the easiest thing to pull off, but 1st District Congressman David Wu has launched the process on the museum's behalf. He met Friday with NASA Director Mike Griffin to lodge a formal request.

The Evergreen Aviation Museum is home to Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose, "along with a Titan II missile, Russian Soyuz space capsule, SR-71 Blackbird spy plane and Willamette Meteorite fragment," reports the News-Register.

For more about the orbiters' post-retirement plans, see: Retired shuttles on display

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posted 09-10-2006 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacegrl13   Click Here to Email spacegrl13     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Evergreen museum is a very nice one, but it's not very close to any big city's. I think Pacific Northwesters should vote for the Seattle Museum of Flight to get a shuttle.

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posted 09-11-2006 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by spacegrl13:
The Evergreen museum is a very nice one, but it's not very close to any big city's. I think Pacific Northwesters should vote for the Seattle Museum of Flight to get a shuttle.
Definately! I hope MOF Director Bonnie Dunbar will have some good influence on that.

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The McMinnville museum is less than an hour from Portland. I recall it being about a 30 minutes drive.

I visited this museum last year. It's an excellent facility, and would be a good home for a retired shuttle. As the congressman's office acknowleged, however, it is a long shot. Although, no one thought Evergreen would get the Spruce Goose, either.

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