The project to disassemble and safely transport the massive airplane was done in partnership with 30 private, public, and government organizations.
HOUSTON, TX (KXAN) - The historic shuttle carrier has made its way home to Space Center Houston, a journey that took much planning for only an eight-mile move.
A 1,000-foot convoy carried the nonprofit Space Center Houston’s historic shuttle carrier aircraft through the Bay area throughout the last two days, getting to its destination early Wednesday morning.
Now, the reassembly work begins. It's expected to take 44 hours for crews to put the shuttle back together.
The project to disassemble and safely transport the massive airplane was done in partnership with 30 private, public, and government organizations, many of whom did the work for little, or no, charge.
Moving at walking speed, the convoy carried the disassembled Boeing 747 sections on six different trailers from Ellington Field.
The largest section moving intact is the fuselage: measuring 25 feet wide, 35 feet high and over 190 feet long. That’s roughly the height of Niagara Falls.
The fuselage traveled on a Goldhofer multiwheeled, self-propelled trailer, and roads closed so workers could dismantle streetlights, signs and utility poles as the convoy approached.
The convoy traveled at night for the safety of neighbors and the workers involved in the complex transfer, as well as to minimize the impact on people in the area, the traveling public and businesses.