Here's my theory about why NASA decided to remove Enterprise at midnight Sunday. They didn't want a swarm of spotters like us all-over the area; perhaps overflowing the VanWyck and the parking lots. Instead, just like they did when they hoisted-up the Concorde, they invited only members of the press, some PA and Intrepid officials and TV news media. They have no use for spotters like us as we already know when we get chased-away so often at the airports. Today's Daily News has a nice photo of the procedure, so we know the press got invited. It would have been nice if we were told the projected time. Doing this at midnight is further proof that they didn't want us around. My last comment is about the SCA. Has it departed yet? I think it will fly direct to Cape Canaveral to pick-up the final shuttle for transport to LAX and then return to its home base at Dryden AFB. Maybe we'll get some photos then.
The story in the paper said they did it at night because the forecast winds were going to be lower. There is a wind limit when they lift it with the cranes.
Hey speedbird you could have come out no one was stopping you. NASA guys even came up to talk with us. Thanked us for coming out, told us we did great work and to enjoy the show. I pretty sure it was because of the winds.
'My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous.' Andy Warhol
I don't think there is any organization that really plans things around the possible presence of enthusiasts like that. What beef would they have against us? We shouldn't be so paranoid or high horse as to think such a thing.
I believe the move was strictly weather related. The conditions that night/morning were very favorable. In my opinion I think they did it at night specifically to prevent traffic congestion on the Van Wyke and the service road. Even at that wee of the morning folks were still stopping, and one cabbie demolished his cab by rear ending a spectator on the north bound Van Wyke. Folks were coming and going all night taking photos, but only a few die hards stuck it out (Eric, Ira, myself, and a couple of others). Hats off to Eric for sticking it out. Manny............wish you could have been there enjoying the action.
The removal was originally set for dawn on Monday, today, but due to concerns over the weather forecast and anticipated rain they made the decision to push up the removal to Saturday night
Saturday afternoon they rolled out the 747 and were supposed to start the removal around 10PM as this was the calmest time for the winds over the weekend for them to do the removal. It was all about safety and the weather and nothing about spotters
I was there till midnight but was just to tired to pull an all nighter
Last edited by fk6065; 05-14-2012 at 05:34 PM.
I wish Enterprise wasn't so....clean. haha
Just give it a few weeks in that bubble wrap on the Intrepid, Phil...sorry, I didn't mean to go there.