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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

NASA Space Shuttle Trainer To Retire In Amarillo Tomorrow ...

UPDATE: Due to a mechanical problem the shuttle trainer will not be arriving until September 19th at the soonest.

AMARILLO - NASA officials have given one of its four space shuttle training aircraft piloted by Amarillo native Rick Husband to a museum in his hometown. It is scheduled to arrive shortly after 11:00 Thursday, September 8.

Because NASA has discontinued the shuttle program, the training aircraft is no longer needed. The donated craft is scheduled to be delivered to the Texas Air & Space Museum.

Museum Board President Ron Fernuik told the Amarillo Globe-News that the aircraft is a significant gift to the city because it is "bringing one of our own home ( ."

Husband, commander of the Columbia final mission, and six other astronauts died Feb. 1, 2003, when the shuttle broke up while re-entering Earth's atmosphere.

The training aircraft was upgraded from its original production version - a Grumman Gulfstream II - to simulate the space shuttle.

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