Space shuttle Enterprise en route to NYC on jet

FILE- In this Nov. 20, 2003 file photo, workers pose in front of the Space Shuttle Enterprise prior to moving it into the new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Chantilly, Va. Enterprise is scheduled to arrive in New York on the back of a NASA jumbo jet on Friday, April 27, 2012, where it will be stored in an hangar at John F. Kennedy International Airport before assuming its new permanent location on the deck of the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York Harbor. (AP Photo/Lisa Nipp, File)

FILE- In this Nov. 20, 2003 file photo, workers pose in front of the Space Shuttle Enterprise prior to moving it into the new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Chantilly, Va. Enterprise is scheduled to arrive in New York on the back of a NASA jumbo jet on Friday, April 27, 2012, where it will be stored in an hangar at John F. Kennedy International Airport before assuming its new permanent location on the deck of the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York Harbor. (AP Photo/Lisa Nipp, File)

NEW YORK (AP) -- An unusual flying object is on its way to New York City's airspace. The space shuttle Enterprise is riding on top of a modified jumbo jet.

The shuttle prototype left Washington on Friday morning.

Its journey to the city is planned to include low-altitude flyovers over parts of the city and landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and the Intrepid on Manhattan's west side.

It's eventually going to make its new home in New York City at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

It won't arrive at its new home just yet, though. That won't happen until June. It's scheduled to be open to the public in mid-July.

In the meantime, the Enterprise will be kept at Kennedy Airport.


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