- Posted June 5, 2012 by
Brooklyn, New York
The Floating Shuttle - Enterprise
It was a beautiful day for a shuttle launch. Only, this time, it would be a slow glide in an unfamiliar medium: water.
On a wonderful Sunday, June 3, 2012, the Space Shuttle Enterprise was hoisted by crane unto a barge at the Kennedy International Airport in New York. It would capture the attention of many, young and old, as it gracefully made its trek through the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. Crowds of local residents and a host of visitors rushed to the roadways, beaches, and three bridges that would provide good views. This would be the Enterprise's next to last leg in New York City, as it made its way to a glorious perch on the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the Hudson River.
These children are playing in the surf of a private beach along a protected, and well loved, stretch of waterway in Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn within The Gateway National Recreation Area. The area spans the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens and forms part of the Jamacia Bay complex of waterways and lands. This federally owned national site is also home to the famous Floyd Bennett Field, rich in aviation history, which staged flights by Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post and Douglas Corrigan. It was fitting to have the shuttle on such a storied stage as it made its final voyage in front of the people of New York.