Hundreds of spectators turned out to watch the Space Shuttle Enterprise arrive by barge at New York's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
As hundreds of spectators clapped, whistled and cheered, the space shuttle Enterprise completed its final journey Wednesday afternoon.
A crane slowly lifted the Enterprise above the Hudson River, then gently lowered the spacecraft to the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum — its new Manhattan home — shortly after 4 p.m.
Joining the throngs of onlookers lining the West Side waterfront was Tom Jones, 63, a Vietnam veteran from Indiana. He said seeing the shuttle atop a former aircraft carrier was a moment he’d never forget.
“There are not any words,” he said. “It made me feel pretty [expletive] proud.”
“It’s a very historical and beautiful event,” said Franklin Alexander, 52, of Canarsie, Brooklyn, who began singing “Lift Jesus Higher” after the shuttle began to rise from its transport barge, its nose pointed toward the skyline.
Jason Garfield, 22, of Merrick, a graduate accounting student at Yeshiva University, watched from a park just south of the Intrepid.