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I am being perfectly serious.

It's a space ship. It can fly. It lands like a regular jet.

Just fly it to the nearest airport and take it from there.
LONG story very short -- No.

It takes a great amount of resources just to get this thing off the ground. Iit's not like a kite where some day you feel like flying it and let it off in the air, and when you want it back you tug it on a string.

Space shuttles have a specific mission. It is to offload or transport cargo from the Earth's surface to a space orbit.

It is NOT its primary function to go from point A to point B, like you would from New York to Los Angeles.
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I've seen it land on the ground just like a regular jet.

Which is to say, that is what it's built for. It has wheels and was designed to be re-used, unlike the rocket modules which explode and fall into the ocean.

It may not be able to get off the ground as easily, but it certainly can land.
It is not "just like" a regular jet simply because it lands on wheels.

Aerodynamically the shuttles were/are completely different to anything else in the sky. It is one of the many reasons why the shuttle could only land on the very longest runways in the country. Because you can't maneuver the brick, and you have virtually no control over the speed of the brick apart from the tail-fin parachute....and the glide ratio is/was among the worst around
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The disappointment in Houston was pronounced. Representative Pete Olson, a Republican whose district includes the space center, said in a statement, “This oversight smacks of a political gesture in an agency that has always served above politics.”
More like an agency that has always served beneath the politics of the day.
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I've seen it land on the ground just like a regular jet.

Which is to say, that is what it's built for. It has wheels and was designed to be re-used, unlike the rocket modules which explode and fall into the ocean.

It may not be able to get off the ground as easily, but it certainly can land.
Jets are self propelled. That is, they have their own source of thrust. A shuttle, upon reentry is nothing more than a glider. Aerodynamically, it can not achieve enough lift to take off, even with its own massive engines. The engines are for assisting with lift off, and continuing thrust into orbit after the boosters have been expended.

While the shuttle may have wings and wheels like a jet, design wise, it is nothing like one. It is more like comparing a perigrine falcon to a flying squirrel.
    
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While the shuttle may have wings and wheels like a jet, design wise, it is nothing like one. It is more like comparing a perigrine falcon to a flying squirrel.
Interesting side note:

The glide ratio of a flying squirrel and the Space Shuttle are actually relatively close....and both are around 1/3 or so that of a commercial jet airliner.
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Using shipping to get around having to pay taxes on the purchase price. One of the few times using a loophole is actually a good thing.
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Using shipping to get around having to pay taxes on the purchase price. One of the few times using a loophole is actually a good thing.
Depends on the state.

Several states have laws "requiring" residents to of their own free will report and pay sales tax on items imported into state. I say "required" as said laws are very seldom enforced.

However on a 28million dollar purchase, it would be hard to ignore.
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this is what moves the shuttle bro

I want to mount a huge CPU on there...
    
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Depends on the state.

Several states have laws "requiring" residents to of their own free will report and pay sales tax on items imported into state. I say "required" as said laws are very seldom enforced.

However on a 28million dollar purchase, it would be hard to ignore.
You don't have to pay taxes on shipping though. So if the purchase price is $1 and shipping is $28Million you only pay tax on the $1.

But yeah, that's why Walmart and other B&M stores complain about Amazon so much, because they don't collect the tax for you, they expect you to report and pay to your state yourself.
That's why they're trying to make an internet tax.
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