Stansted to remember shuttle visit

Stansted to remember shuttle visitTravellers staying in airport hotels at London Stansted this week will have more than the usual aircraft movements to keep them entertained as the airport hosts an exhibition to mark a significant moment in its past.

In June 1983, Nasa’s space shuttle Enterprise made a historic visit to Stansted Airport.

To mark the 25th anniversary of this occasion, the airport will host a special exhibition at Enterprise House, featuring footage of the shuttle landing, rare photographs and other memorabilia.

Derek Winter, Stansted’s head of public affairs at the time, invited a number of retired staff members back to help open the exhibition.

"The shuttle’s visit was probably the most famous event so far in the history of the airport and I decided I couldn’t just let the anniversary go by without doing something to mark the occasion," said Mr Winter.

"I’m really looking forward to meeting up with some of my old colleagues who worked with me back in 1983, and also talking to newer staff who perhaps were a bit young to remember this historic day."

The shuttle’s visit to Stansted was part of a tour of Europe that also saw it visit France, Germany and Italy.

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