Space shuttle memories
The Kansas City Star
This week’s photograph of the space shuttle Discovery sitting nose to nose with the prototype shuttle Enterprise brought back memories of the Enterprise in the 1980s coming to Kansas City International Airport.
Both shuttles now are at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. But the Enterprise more than 25 years ago had piggybacked a ride on a Boeing 747 and landed at KCI to give Midwest space travel fans like me a look at what then was this country’s newest vehicle, which would reach beyond our world.
I took my oldest daughter, Adrianne, to see it. The youngest, Leslie, wasn’t even born then.
It was a gray, cold and windy awful wintry day. I felt sorry about having dragged my young family out into that mess. But just getting a peak at the Enterprise was worth the sting of the weather.
Adrianne now is 28, Leslie, 25. The shuttles are now museum pieces.
Time rockets on as we all get older on its wild ride.