Dayton Competes For Space Shuttle

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Dayton Competes For Space Shuttle

WHIO – There is a big battle going on to bring one of the four retiring Space Shuttles to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright Patterson.

More than twenty different sites around the country want one of the space shuttles on display.

The four retiring space shuttles are considered NASA’s crown jewels. The shuttle Discovery is already considered to be spoken for by the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. That leaves Endeavor, Atlantis and the Enterprise up for grabs.

Here at Wright Patterson, museum officials believe this should be home to the Atlantis. Its missions were most closely aligned with research and technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

“Atlantis flew more military payloads than any other shuttle,” said museum director Jack Hudson. “We told them about public access to the museum. We feel superb. We’re within a day’s drive of 61 percent of America’s population,” said Hudson.

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