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    Endeavour, with its gear extended, measures 56 feet tall. Enterprise might be a little bit different but probably by inches. With the gear retracted I'd guess it's about 6 ft shorter, but the height of the barge itself will eat up all of that and more.

    Cross Bay Bridge offers 55 feet of clearance, but it's not clear if that's the maximum or based on average tides.

    In any case, it'll be close, within 10 feet, maybe much less.
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    The Gil Hodges is 55' and lifts, but that's a moot point because the Cross Bay is 52' and is fixed. The A train is a swing bridge, so vertical clearance is unlimited once it's open.

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    Looking at the map again, I guess it won't be the Cross Bay Bridge, but the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge, which connects Howard Beach to Broad Channel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GothamSpotter View Post
    Looking at the map again, I guess it won't be the Cross Bay Bridge, but the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge, which connects Howard Beach to Broad Channel.
    I'm pretty sure its going to be the Cross bay Bridge.
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    Hmm, the rail bridges which are the first to be crossed are pretty tight at around 30 meters wide per channel between the center pivot and the edges... The shuttle is about 23 meters wingtip to wingtip and 17.25 meters high ... looks like it can go either way. The rest of the bridges should clear the height easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzalu View Post
    Hmm, the rail bridges which are the first to be crossed are pretty tight at around 30 meters wide per channel between the center pivot and the edges... The shuttle is about 23 meters wingtip to wingtip and 17.25 meters high ... looks like it can go either way. The rest of the bridges should clear the height easily.
    There is no way the shuttle can go under the bridge that connects HB and Broad Channel. The bridge is not high enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yankees368 View Post
    The marine parkway bridge was actually risen a few times recently, apparently for construction. So I guess it must still work. Who knew.
    Yes the Marine Parkway aka Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge still operates, it is just that there are not a lot of vessels that use that waterway that require to be raised. Like I said they are talking inches with the other bridge
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    I agree with Eric .... Now way is it going to fit under that bridge. The MSL (mean sea level) for the Cross Bay Memorial bridge is 55 feet. So if you by that number at low tide it should be a few feet less.
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    How about watching the barge from the Brooklyn shore when she crosses under the VZ Bridge?

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    The 747 SCA departed JFK around 9:15am (5/18) off RWY 31L. Photo's to follow later.
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    Here are some photo's of the SCA departing:







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    A couple of shuttle pictures from a different angle---JetBlue tower at JFK

    The flyby


    The Landing


    Landing on the roof of T4
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    Great shots. How you guys knew the date and time of the SCA departure ia a mystery to me. Now could you tell us the time and date of the scheduled Blue Angels flyby over the Intrepid next week for Fleet Week? I guess the SCA has returned to Edwards. Do yo know the call-sign ( probably N905NA)? I guess trying to track the route would be impossible as its a miitary flight.
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    Found this cool time lapse video on NASA's website of when the Enterprise was demated from the SCA:

    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/video...a_id=143569911

    BTW, any updates on the schedule to barge the Enterprise over to the Intrepid starting on June 4th??

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    Here are a few shots from Yesterday morning





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