June 20, 2007 by Rick Rottman
Why does Texas have the Space Shuttle on their license plate?
I was driving through Hagerstown the other day when I happened to notice the license plate of the car in front of me. Evidently the person was from Texas. At least their car was. It was a white plate with a tiny cowboy riding a horse. The was some oil derricks and some sage brush. In the top right corner was a crescent moon. What got my attention what was featured in the top left corner.
It was the Space Shuttle.
What did the state of Texas have to do with the Space Shuttle? It doesn’t launch from there. It launches from Florida. It doesn’t land there either, even though that is what it is shown doing on the Texas plate. It’s coming in for a landing. It lands in either Florida or California. Once it landed in New Mexico.
It was not built in Texas. I happen to know for a fact that every Space Shuttle ever built was constructed in Palmdale, California. I know this because I grew up only a few miles from the actual plant where every Shuttle was built.
They were built by Californians, not Texans.
As a kid growing up, I took great pride in the Space Shuttle. I guess I still do. It bothers me to see that Texas asserting some sort of ownership on something they have nothing to do with. Something like the Space Shuttle.