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Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012 7:27 pm | Updated: 11:04 am, Thu May 3, 2012.

The first Space Shuttle ever built, the Enterprise, landed in Queens today, April 27, atop a NASA 747 after doing a flyby around the city, the Hudson River Valley and Long Island. 

The craft touched down at Kennedy Airport, where it will be stored for several weeks, at 11:23 a.m. It will be shipped by barge to the USS Intrepid Air and Space Museum on the West Side of Manhattan, where it will be displayed alongside other iconic American flying machines.

Built in the mid-1970s, the Enterprise was a test model that never actually reached outer space. It was first tested on the ground and then atop jumbo jets like the one it rode into the city today. Five times it was released from its carrier and brought back to Earth by remote control.

Originally slated to be named the Constitution, it was christened Enterprise by President Gerald Ford after the "Star Trek" ship that took its crew "where no man had gone before."

— Peter C. Mastrosimone

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