WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited the National Museum of the United States Air Force (NMUSAF) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base today to give an update on efforts to bring a retired space shuttle to Dayton. Brown was joined by Lt. General Charlie Metcalf (Ret.), the Director of the National Museum of the United States Air Force and Jim Leftwich, Director of the Dayton Development Coalition.
“The Air Force museum captures our nation’s history of spaceflight – and its future – better than any site. That is why it is such a good fit for the shuttle,” Brown said. “There is no better choice than Dayton to house this part of our nation’s spaceflight history and that is why I fought so hard to give the Ohio bid a seat at the table. During each step in the evolution of human spaceflight, Ohio, Wright Patterson, and the Air Force have helped lead the way.”
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 fought to have a critical provision included in the NASA Authorization Act, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week. Brown’s provision, in support of transferring a retired space shuttle orbiter to the NMUSAF, removed a provision in the bill that would have given priority to museums directly connected to shuttle operations. The provision allows locations that have made significant contributions to human space flight, like Dayton’s NMUSAF, to also be eligible.
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.
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