The shuttle Enterprise, which flew over our area last month, is prepping for its journey to its final home at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.
Preparations began Friday morning when crews prepared to move it from its protective hangar to a water location at Kennedy Airport. There it will be hoisted by crane onto a barge.
The Enterprise gave New Yorkers much to admire in late April when it flew around New York City's most famous sites before landing at Kennedy. Its boat ride to the Intrepid will also involve notable sites.
"The Enterprise was the very first space shuttle orbiter," said Intrepid Museum's curator of history, Jessica Williams. "It paved the way for the shuttle program, so she really is a unique artifact."
On Saturday at 4 p.m., the Enterprise will be lifted by crane and placed onto a barge at Kennedy Airport. On Sunday morning, that barge will be moved by tugboat along the shore of Queens and Brooklyn, passing the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge at 3:30 p.m., Coney Island at 4:19 p.m., and under the Verrazano Bridge around 5:30 p.m. before docking at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey.
The Enterprise will stay there until Tuesday at 9 a.m., when it will begin the last leg of its journey to the museum.
It is expected to pass the Statue of Liberty at 9:50 a.m., the World Trade Center at 10:40 a.m. and then it will travel up the Hudson River to the Intrepid Museum at 11:30 a.m. where it will be lifted by crane onto the flight deck and put into position facing the Hudson River.
Enterprise's journey will depend on the weather -- not just the wind, but also the tides.
It is expected to open to the public in mid-July.
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Published at 6:35 PM EDT on Jun 1, 2012 | Updated at 9:57 AM EDT on Jun 4, 2012