Southern California offers retirees year-round good weather and mostly tolerable natives, which is apparently enough even for a space shuttle. Once infinity (and places beyond) were ruled out, it was decided that the California Science Center would house the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The Shuttle is slated to travel from the Los Angeles International Airport to the Science Center—a distance of approximately 12 miles. Seeing a window to show off the 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax’s towing ability, Toyota has arranged to tow the shuttle the last forty-eighth of the way.
The automaker says a Toyota Tundra CrewMax will do the intended towing, without any modification. The Tundra can tow 10,000 pounds using its 5.7-liter V-8 engine, which is quite a lot until you realize Endeavour weighs about 30 times that. To pull the aircraft the final stretch of the route to the Science Center, Toyota has contracted the Sarens Group—which specializes in heavy lifting—to develop a dolly to help a Tundra out.
Ed Laukes, Toyota’s vice president of marketing communications said of the event: “There is no larger or more recognizable icon of the U.S. space program’s success than the shuttle, and to have it towed by the Toyota Tundra is not only an incredible example of the capabilities of the truck, but an honor to be part of history.” The Endeavour journey will take place on October 13, 2012. The Endeavour exhibit will open later that month, on October 30.