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Truck Made in San Antonio Pulls Space Shuttle Endeavor to California Science Center

Brandyn N. Moore
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc

Team Toyota members in San Antonio are making history, along with Space Shuttle Endeavor. On Friday, a Toyota Tundra truck made in the Alamo City will pull the 96-ton shuttle to its final resting place at the California Science Center.

The Tundra will pull the shuttle a quarter of a mile across the 405 Freeway on West Manchester Boulevard through the streets of Los Angeles.  

In preparation for the history-making event, Toyota leaders handed out postcards to commemorate the event. Carla Underwood and Mark Peterson stood at the beginning to Aisle 28 in the South Side production facility to give away the cards.

Peterson, who works in Quality Inspection, knows the truck pulling the shuttle rolled past his department before leaving the plant.

“It’s absolutely definite,” Peterson said.

Toyota’s Brandyn Moore said three of San Antonio’s employees will witness the event in person.


"Our team members are so very excited to be a part of this activity," said Moore, "knowing that their hands specifically designed and put together this Tundra from sheet metal all the way through to when its lined off at the very final inspection line to know that it's getting ready to pull history, literally."

The shuttle is moving at a snail’s pace but should make it to the center late Friday or early Saturday.

Ryan Loyd was Texas Public Radio's city beat and political reporter. He left the organization in December, 2014.