OLYMPIA — The Museum of Flight tried very hard to get one of the nation's Space Shuttles earlier this year when NASA got out of the shuttle business. NASA eventually said no to Seattle and bunches of other cities that covet one of the space ships, and yes to New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
Now it seems that New York is changing some of its plans for housing the shuttle Endeavour, which is going to create some delays for NASA getting rid of it.
In an effort to help NASA and New York City out, Gov. Chris Gregoire is suggesting the space agency send either Endeavour or Enterprise, which technically belongs to L.A. but isn't there yet, to the Museum of Flight.
Just temporarily, of course, Gregoire said. Just until NYC or LA museums get their act together and build structures worthy of “these priceless artifacts.” The Museum of Flight has the perfect spot to put them for now.
Washington state isn't the only place angling for temporary housing for the shuttles. Dayton, Ohio, was pretty steamed when it didn't land one for the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. And Houston was similarly p.o'd when Mission Control only got a mockup. Politicians for those to spots have suggested taking Endeavour away from New York City and giving it to their facility.
Gregoire's letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden describes the Museum of Flight's offer as an interim plan. But let's face it. Once NASA parks one of those 165,000 pound birds some place, it could be there for a very long time.