For Geoff Nunn, Exhibit Developer at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, achieving his dream comes in small chunks.
Every week, new boxes arrive from NASA carrying pieces of the space shuttle trainer, the replica space shuttle that will soon be the newest exhibit at the museum.
Every box includes small pieces of the trainer that will need to be assembled like a giant erector set. That’s Nunn’s job.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Nunn. As a boy he remembers growing up in Texas and taking tours of the Johnson Space Center in Houston. “I got to see how the astronauts did it behind the scenes now I get to share my experiences with the public.”
Right now, NASA is boxing up the final pieces in Houston. For the past 30 years, the full replica shuttle has been used to train astronauts before flying into space.
“Everything is exact, all the way down to the table cloths,” says Nunn.
Thursday, the biggest piece of all will be boxed up -- the crew compartment. The largest piece of the shuttle will be shipped to Seattle in NASA’s Super Guppy Cargo Plane. The shuttle will be stored inside during it’s three-day journey to the Museum of Flight.
“It’s going to be one of those golden moments that you just don’t experience,” says Dan Hagedorn, Head Curator. “I anticipate people will be telling themselves 20 years from now, ‘Were you there when they delivered the crew compartment for the full fuselage trainer?’”
When the Super Guppy lands, it will be greeted by a public celebration at the Museum of Flight, then developers will get to work on final assembly.
Nunn will definitely be there.
“How many people get to say they worked on a space shuttle?” he said with a smile.