Weird! How Julio can jump to conclusions like that. Here’s a short trivia question about today’s strip: Does anybody know where Chuck really is?
USS Intrepid ?
Would say: USS Intrepid on pier 86 in New-York.
They display the Space Shuttle Enterprise on the flight deck of the museum.
When I went there in June 2013, the shuttle hangar was not yet accessible due to repairs ongoing after damages due to Hurricane Sandy.
New York: USS Intrepid
He is at the California Science Center
Space Shuttle Endeavour paviliion at California Science Center in Los Angeles.
Museum of Science and Industry. Exposition park, Downtown Los Angeles (across the street from USC).
I was gonna guess the Udvar-Hazy center of the Air and Space Museum.
Endeavour in LA.
I was going to guess Udvar-Hazy at IAD as well but the mentions of the USS Intrepid got me thinking. There are a couple places you can go now to see what’s left of the Shuttle program. My guess is going to be the Endeavour at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
Going by what NASA communicated how the various orbiters are displayed nowadays, this must be the one in Udvar-Hazy
Technic Museum Speyer Germany
is closer to home for Stefan.
The difference between a Space Shuttle and a Buran
might not show very apparent in a strip.
Ding ding ding! Endeavor in Los Angeles is the correct answer!
I haven’t yet been there personally, unfortunately, but thanks to Google image search, this is not an obstacle in these times.
I have been to the one in New York. VERY impressive!
The Intrepid display has a visitor platform by the nose and the gear is down. The LA display has the gear up and it sits on a yellow stand of some sort. Stefs drawing is very accurate.
I can recommend going to see this thing. It’s HUGE!
Also, if you have followed Chuck around for a few years you will notice he spends a lot of time on the US West Coast 😉
(also see map in Book #4 – The Alaska Adventure)
Definitely California. We saw the Endeavor circle over our city (atop the transport 747) after they refueled and continued westward.
If I ever end up in civilization again (such as New York), I will make sure to visit the museum and see the shuttle. I am sure it is even more impressive in person.
And as far as the strip goes, I always found the 3 C’s to be kind of a pointless rule. It seems to be a little drawn-out for its own sake (I guess because 3 C’s sound cooler than 2 C’s). The 3rd C (which, btw is taught to be “Comply”) is very optional and, as I mentioned, pretty pointless. Whatever happened to “descend and read the town name on a water tower”?? 🙂
Eventually they’ll have Endeavor standing up and attached to an External Tank (that just got here) and a pair of SRB’s and a mockup of the launch tower, all ready to launch – just add fuel.
I have to admit we haven’t seen a Shuttle since Enterprise stopped by St. Louis for an overnight, circa 1978/79. I was assigned to St. Louis University at the time (Meteorology program), so we saw the Shuttle and 747 flying about, then got to walk around it on the tarmac. After that, we were never where a Shuttle was and haven’t seen one (except as a bright dot in the sky;-) ).
L: ‘Whatever happened to “descend and read the town name on a water tower”??’
That works under VFR where you can see you’re not going to run into a mountain or a radio tower – if you can find a town that still has a water tower. Under IFR or if the ground is fogged-in. it’s much safer to climb and ask for help.
Mark, absolutely true. Though this 3C rule, I think, is meant for VFR folks, mainly students. So the water towers would work too for them.
If you think about it, IFR pilots can never be lost, they are on a flight plan, under positive control, radar identified (most of the time, mountainous terrain excluding). IFR pilots should really never get lost. LOL
But then again, I forget, does Chuck have an instrument ticket? And is he current? That would be scary to see him in clouds. 🙂
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