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MCMINNVILLE -- Landing a shuttle is never easy.

The door is such that we can get the tail in and the floor is stressed for the weight of the shuttle.

Stewart Bailey knows this as well as anyone. As the curator of the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, he's in the final days of a very personal mission.

Photos:Space Shuttle Discovery through the years

We have close to 150 aircraft and spacecraft now. That's the one last step, is to have the shuttle, said Bailey.

On April 12th, NASA will announce the names of three museums honored with the retirement of a space shuttle. It's believed Discovery, which flew its final flight on Wednesday, will head to the Smithsonian. That will leave Enterprise, Endeavor and Atlantis on the move.

It's most likely coming to PDX and much like the Spruce Goose, it would be put on a barge and brought down the Willamette to a point here in Dayton where it would be trucked, explained Bailey.

With the Spruce Goose dominating the aviation side, Evergreen hopes its space wing will look like renderings it's created to give museum patrons a chance to see history up close.

It's pretty exciting to see that. It's been doing it's part and now it's our turn to do our part and give it its due respect, said museum visitor, Ray Aroop.

You like to check out the flight surfaces and you'd like to check out the interior because that's where they had a lot of the action, added visitor, Blair Strong.

Competing with Evergreen is Seattle's Museum of Flight, where last week the first wall of a $12,000,000 shuttle wing was constructed.


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