Shuttle Enterprise arriving at JFK (big photos)

Two gorgeous photographs shot by C.S. Muncy of the retired NASA space shuttle Enterprise landing at New York City's John F. Kennedy airport earlier today.

The original test shuttle piggybacked on a Boeing 747 jumbo jet. The duo flew from Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC., and landed at 11:22 AM Eastern after flying over famous sights of NYC including the Statue of Liberty, and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, which is the shuttle's new home. Robert Pearlman has more at


  1. Anyone else disappointed that  the space shuttle Enterprise arrived in NYC instead of the Starship Enterprise?

    1. I’m disappointed the name Enterprise was wasted on a test article rather than used on an operational shuttle.  Given that the naming was the result of a write-in campaign, I’m probably not the only one.

      Can you imagine? “Houston, Enterprise here …”  “Station, Enterprise arriving.”  Imagine being the astronaut who actually gets to say that. 

      Excuse me while I go change my nerd-shorts.

    2.  I’d be more disappointed if they couldn’t get the Prime Directive right just one fucking time.

  2. I see this and I can’t stop hearing an imaginary David Attenborough narration about how the male circumnavigates the world several times as part of an elaborate courtship display.

  3. The Verge has some amazing shots of the fly-by:

    1. Surely I’m not the only one who is disappointed with the photos on that link and also on this BoingBoing article? The shuttle arriving at JFK photos are nothing special.

      Given that this is “America’s greatest spacecraft flying over the world’s most magnificent city” the photos so far are pretty lacklustre.

      Awaiting decent shots from Boston Big Picture and The Atlantic.

  4. Has no-one ever deadheaded inside the orbiter’s cockpit during one of these?  Imagine the tourist revenues!

  5. This just in: the space shuttle moved three feet since the last story about the space shuttle moving.

  6. I keep seeing pics of the shuttles piggybacked but never see anything about HOW they get it there.

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