NASA's shuttle-carrying jet to get home in Houston

Modified Boeing 747 to get permanent home

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HOUSTON -  NASA's original jumbo jet, which was used to ferry space shuttles around the country, is back in Houston where it will have a permanent home.

The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft landed at Ellington Field in southeast Houston on Oct. 24, just in time to take part in the Wings Over Houston Air Show.   

It was most recently used to fly the shuttle Endeavour to Los Angeles from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in September. The modified Boeing 747 jetliner will be retired and eventually placed on public display.

When and where the exhibit will be located has not been announced.

During its 42-year flight career, both as a commercial jet and as a space shuttle carrier, the Shuttle Carrier amassed 11,017 flight hours and made 6,334 takeoffs and landings.

Currently, the jet remains in flyable condition.

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