June 22nd, 2012, 04:27 PM
Be better, or look better?
So why not just build extremely detailed mockups of the entire Space Shuttle, put them everywhere, and inspire everyone.
The point is that these things are real. I don't think museums should change reality.
June 22nd, 2012, 05:43 PM
Agreed. Just because the media (and politicians) can skew the facts, it doesn't mean that the Intrepid has to as well. For them to display the tailcone is the right thing to do.
June 25th, 2012, 03:13 AM
June 25th, 2012, 07:36 AM
At this point it is doubtful whether the tailcone can be removed, as it takes a lot of space to maneuver the equipment for the removal all of which is right now in Florida to put on the Shuttle Endeavour and will go out to LAX in a few months:
If Intrepid really wanted to remove the tailcone, they would have done so at JFK. It is highly unlikely that will happen now, especially with the limited space on the Intrepid flight deck. I will agree though, would be nice to see the mock up MPS one time.
June 25th, 2012, 07:38 AM
Crabby airline hostess -
This is true.
They could be displayed separated but very close together with an instructional storyboard or video nearby.
June 25th, 2012, 10:43 AM
^ That...and we can hope and pray when the permanent home is built across the street (fingers crossed), it will become a doable reality?!
July 18th, 2012, 03:59 PM
July 18th, 2012, 04:18 PM
October 30th, 2012, 04:31 PM
The tent failed, and Enterprise's tail was damaged in the storm:
October 30th, 2012, 05:26 PM
Oh God I forgot about the Enterprise. For christ's sake, I know this storm was far from ordinary, but can anyone really say that the museum has done a good job thus far? This is just pathetic. We may as well have flown it to Baikonur and left it outside with some of the Buran analogues.
November 4th, 2012, 01:41 AM
The tent was fail to begin with. Really, was there NO better space to place the Shuttle upon? Not on a barge beside the aircraft carrier? Was it destined to go under a canvas balloon on top of such rare, and apparently fragile, space?
Originally Posted by ronsmytheiii
"Gee gosh, let's put a Space Shuttle on top of our WWII aircraft carrier!" Disneyland much?
November 4th, 2012, 07:15 PM
Last edited by DUMBRo; November 4th, 2012 at 07:42 PM.
November 4th, 2012, 10:41 PM
Still looks a lot more substantial than a giant circus tent.
November 5th, 2012, 12:11 AM
Open ended like that, in a high wind...hardly.
Say what you will about the intrepid organization, blaming them for what happened (worst storm of it's kind in the cities history),
is like blaming Obama for not stopping the storm in the first place (which some people are doing).
If the shuttle had been on a barge next to the carrier (as was original proposed and agreed upon), even if it was in a solid structure,
it would have probably been flooded out- and possible damaged much more severely. The rising waters swallowed that area up!
November 5th, 2012, 09:12 PM
Why is LA even an issue here when Intrepid has already had two screw ups with the shuttle in the short amount of time that they have had it? LA did a good job getting Endeavour to the corrugated tin shed that you are complaining about. Maybe if the San Andreas fault opens up and eats the shuttle you'll have me agreeing with you.
Originally Posted by scumonkey
And lastly, I'll blame the Intrepid people as much as I want. They are currently calling that missing chunk of the tail a "piece of foam," and stating that they left the tent on as a "protective measure." No, I don't think they had a choice and were caught with their pants down. I'm not going to disagree with you on the severity of the storm, but this storm was only a matter of when, not a matter of if.