Space shuttle Enterprise arrives at NY’s JFK

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NEW YORK (AP) - An unusual flying object has landed at New York’s Kennedy Airport.

It’s the space shuttle Enterprise. Before arriving Friday morning, it zoomed around New York City’s airspace, riding on top of a modified jumbo jet.

The shuttle prototype was brought from Washington.

The heralded event included low-altitude flyovers over 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 move into its new home until June. It’s scheduled to be open to the public in mid-July.

In the meantime, the Enterprise will remain at Kennedy.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a … space shuttle?

An unusual flying object came to New York from Washington on Friday _ the space shuttle Enterprise.

Enterprise zoomed around the city, riding piggyback on top of a modified jumbo jet. Its trip included flyovers over parts of the city and landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum on Manhattan’s west side.

As the shuttle passed Manhattan, people gathered on rooftops to gawk. It was chased through the air by a NASA plane, and in the Hudson River by numerous ferries and other boats.

The shuttle had been scheduled to arrive earlier in the week, but NASA pushed it back because of bad weather.

Onlookers bundled up in a blustery spring day to await the flyover along the Hudson River. Crowds gathered along piers, cameras slung around their necks. The roar of the aircraft could barely be heard over the howling winds.

The shuttle prototype was housed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington but will soon be making its home at the Intrepid, where it will be “the largest and most significant space artifact in the entire Northeast,” said Susan Marenoff-Zausner, Intrepid’s president.

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