Toyota
The end of the American space shuttle program will be marked by a Toyota Tundra towing the shuttle Endeavor to its final resting place in Los Angeles on Oct. 13.

The fullsize pickup will hook up the shuttle at Los Angeles International Airport and haul it 12 miles to the California Science Center. The 200,000-pound shuttle is 190,000 over the Tundra's 10,000-pound towing limit for the Crew Cab pickup with a 5.7-liter V8 under the hood. A special dolly was created to assist the Tundra with pulling the massive shuttle.

"There is no larger or more recognizable icon of the U.S. space program's success than the shuttle, and to have it towed by the Toyota Tundra is not only an incredible example of the capabilities of the truck, but an honor to be part of history," said Ed Laukes, TMS vice president of marketing communications in a news release.

All told, four shuttles have been placed in museums around America after the program officially ended in last year; the Endeavor in Los Angeles, the Discovery at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Fla., and the Enterprise at the Intrepid Sea-Air Space Museum in New York City.

Toyota has a partnership with the Science Center and currently has a Tundra on display at the museum for a display on leverage.

The final route was not announced, but expect a lot of traffic.

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      danwat1234
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well if it has low enough gearing and enough weight on the chassis so the tires can grip, and low rolling resistance tires on the trailer and no substantial hills then it should be able to do it, maybe. I've seen a few videos on youtube of pickup trucks pulling locomotives around but it took a lot of work even with the super low rolling resistance of metal on metal rails.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. This truck IS made in the USA , along with most of it`s parts. Most of the electronics in the shuttle were probably made in Japan though.
      iwtbygm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who cares? The only ones that do are the idiots that think a pos toyota is an american car. Where was the first toyota built? I rest my case.......IDIOT.................
        aripalda
        • 2 Years Ago
        @iwtbygm
        The most American car you can buy is the Camry. It's more American than the made in Mexico American cars.
      • 2 Years Ago
      reading this made me sick, an american space ship pulled to its final resting spot should be done by an American truck, big strong GMC or Ford, not some piece of garbage. Corporate greed at its best.
      brokedogleg
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Toyota is American made by American auto workers.
      k4jlp
      • 2 Years Ago
      In my front yard sits a 1998 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 3.4 liter V-6 with 318,000 miles on it with no problems. Tires, oil changes and a fan belt done. What more can I say?
      Kent Erickson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry situation. The Science Center needs to find a new sponsor. Americans need to support our country and stop buying sub-par products because they are " the in thing" or cheaper.
        weirdracin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kent Erickson
        Buying a Tundra Supports the people of Texas!! The People who BUILT the Tundra, Red Blooded AMERICANS!!!!
          weirdracin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @weirdracin
          grtsch6134, SO all the American compaines with Mexico built cars sure dont support out of work AMERICANS!!!
          grtsch6134
          • 2 Years Ago
          @weirdracin
          .....tundra is a japanese truck........and buying it ultimately supports japan.............the only thing red blooded about those building them is the rising sun on the japanese flag.........better the toyota plant die, and we made a chevy or ford instead.................jerk........
      NEPS
      • 2 Years Ago
      ajap car pulling a usa ship
      siscosdad
      • 2 Years Ago
      great news for the Japanese....who couldn't defeat us militarily, but defeat us economically...with ease
        weirdracin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @siscosdad
        Same thing going on in Europe, Germany lost the war, but are taking over with the Euro bailouts. Japan cant help it that they build something in the US with the most US made parts and Our Companies that needed bailouts(not ford) are still shipping jobs outside the US, Building Factories in other Countries, while Lazy over paid Unions Raise the cost of production of Chevy, Ford, Chrysler!!
          Jewelz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @weirdracin
          Your right...and Japan bailed out their car makers as did the Europeans their respective companies. And your comments add nothing to the article, but simply shows your overall stupidity. To say that the Unions raise to cost of production of the US companies. Answer this for me...since you are so "enlightened" why is the cost of manufacturing actually higher overseas? and in Canada for that matter? I guess that their Lazy unions have raised the cost of production there as well. They say that ignorance is bliss...tell me this, how does stupidity feel?
        Paul
        • 2 Years Ago
        @siscosdad
        And so will CHINA !!!!!!!!!!!
      floppypawltd
      • 2 Years Ago
      Proves nothing. Truth be told as long as the tongue weight is within the capacity rating ant pick up could do the job. Its the tongue weight that really determines how much it can tow.
        floppypawltd
        • 2 Years Ago
        @floppypawltd
        Adding on to this I've seen huge f-350's struggle to pull a bass boat out because the tongue weight was wrong.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should have been a Peterbilt.
      weirdracin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe Chrysler, Ford and GM should stop out sourcing to mexico and other places and bring the jobs back to the USA to make their products be the Most American made, but that would mean less profit.
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