Enterprise Delayed to Friday

Officials announced earlier this morning that the flight of Space Shuttle Enterprise aboard a modified Boeing 747 would be rescheduled for Friday, April 27th.

The flight from Dulles International Airport in Virginia to New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport was originally scheduled for Monday, April 23rd, but was postponed due to poor weather.

The flight was then rescheduled for Wednesday, April 25th. However, after a meeting early Tuesday morning, officials decided to hold off until Friday. The cause for delay is being reported as a low-pressure area over the flight path. 

Space Shuttle Enterprise at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum prior to its departure ceremony and mating to a modified Boeing 747. Credit: Gene Mikulka/@genejm29

NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with Enterprise mounted atop will fly at a relatively low altitude over various parts of the New York City metropolitan area on Friday. The aircraft is expected to fly near a variety of landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and Intrepid. After the flyover is complete, the SCA will land at JFK. 

According to a NASA press release, the Federal Aviation Administration is coordinating the flight, which is scheduled to occur between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. EDT, weather permitting. The exact route and timing depend on weather and  operational constraints. 

The Space Shuttle Enterprise was used for approach and landing tests in the late 1970s and has been at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center. Space Shuttle Discovery has now taken its place, and Enterprise will be on display at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City later this year.

Friday's weather forecast calls for temperatures in the high 50s F with light to moderate winds. Chance of precipitation is low as a high pressure area is expected to form over the region.