The space shuttle and museum on Manhattan’s west side sustained damage during the late October hurricane, and while the museum isn’t fully operational quite yet, the damage to the space shuttle was minimal, however dramatic looking, officials said.
The tip of Enterprise’s vertical stabilizer, the back tail resembling a whale’s dorsal fin, tore off when the inflatable pavilion fell down around it. However, it broke on a seam, making it a relatively simple repair, said Intrepid’s president, Susan Marenoff-Zausner.
In all the massive trauma caused by Hurricane Sandy, I missed that Enterprise was damaged. They did prepare for the hurricane by raising the generators that maintained the inflatable structure around the test shuttle. The generators still were hit by a six-foot wave of flood water, which shorted them out.