Brett Blume

SEATTLE, Wa. (KMOX) –  An effort by the Museum of Flight in Seattle to become a permanent home for a retired space shuttle is being spearheaded by a former St. Louisan.

With only three space shuttles available — and nearly 30 museums across the country vying to land one — the odds don’t look good for most of those contenders.

But Museum of Flight director Doug King, who headed up the St. Louis Science Center until this January, sounds confident that they’ll qualify.

“It’s one of the largest and I think most prestigious air and space museums in the country,” King says about his new home in the Pacific Northwest.  “I can say that because I didn’t have anything to do with it.”

The stakes are high, in Seattle and elsewhere.

King says the Museum of Flight is already constructing a huge, $12 million glass gallery to house the shuttle.

“I think by the criteria that have been set (by NASA), we ought to be one of the selections,” King concludes.  “Of course this is a complicated process, Washington’s a big complicated town, so we’re looking forward to the announcement on April 12.”

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