TULSA, OK -- The Tulsa Air and Space Museum has been awarded a space shuttle bay door strong back for permanent display.
The strong backs were built for NASA by Rockwell in Tulsa.
They are designed to open and close the bays doors and keep them rigid while the space shuttles are on the ground.
In a news release from TASM, the strong backs have been in service at the Kennedy Space Center for 30 years and will retire with the space shuttle program.
The Tulsa Air and Space Museum requested this device one year ago and recently were awarded the device by NASA.
TASM Executive Director, Jim Bridenstine said this device will be a welcome addition to the museum.
"We want to showcase Tulsa's rich aerospace heritage and the Space Shuttle Program is an important part of our heritage. Bringing this device home to Tulsa is also important for the many people who worked on the space shuttles here in Tulsa. Our children and grandchildren will be able to see our accomplishments," said Jim Bridenstine.
The Tulsa Air and Space Museum is also in competition for a retired space shuttle.