Toyota To Tow Space Shuttle To Final Resting Place
200,000 pound endeavor to be pulled by pickup with 10,000 pound towing limit
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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