Brown Led Call to Transfer Retired Shuttle to National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today cheered a provision in President Obama’s budget request which allocates $14 million for the preparation and delivery of the Space Shuttle Atlantis to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.
“This is a very encouraging development in our long-fought effort to bring the Shuttle to the Miami Valley. As Ohioans, we all agree that there is no better choice than Dayton to house the Shuttle. While the budget request is not the last word, it is encouraging that the Administration agrees with us,” Brown said. “Our state’s leadership in aerospace, important role in supporting human spaceflight, and legacy of innovation make it the perfect home for the Shuttle. That’s why I will continue to push to land the Shuttle in Dayton.”
NASA is retiring its Space Shuttle program—established in the 1970s— and will locate two of the three remaining operating Shuttles in museums around the U.S. The NASA Authorization Act names selection criteria for the museums to receive a retired Space Shuttle for exhibition.
Brown has led the fight to land the Shuttle in Dayton. Last week, he and U.S. Rep. Mike Turner (OH-3) led the Ohio Congressional delegation in urging NASA Administrator Major Gen Charles F Bolden, USMC (Ret.) to locate a retired Shuttle National Museum of the United States Air Force (NMUSAF) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Brown successfully stripped a harmful provision from the NASA Authorization Act during Senate consideration last summer. The provision would have given priority to museums directly connected to Shuttle operations. As a result of Brown’s amendment, locations that have made significant contributions to human space flight, like Dayton’s NMUSAF, are also eligible.
In October 2010, Brown visited the NMUSAF to give an update on efforts to bring a retired Space Shuttle to Dayton. Brown was joined by Lt. General Charlie Metcalf (Ret.), then-Director of the National Museum of the United States Air Force and Jim Leftwich, Director of the Dayton Development Coalition.
Last April, Brown led a bipartisan group of his Ohio delegation colleagues in sending a letter of support for the transfer of a retired orbiter to Acting NASA Administrator Charles Scolese.