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I never saw this 1984 pinball machine, but my husband remembers it being in his local pizza joint when he was a kid — here’s two restoration stories, both with lots of pictures! I love how the Space Shuttle is named Defender (as if the shuttle could defend… anything?) Ed points out that the playing field has an image of the Hubble Space Telescope, six years before launch; very cool in hindsight! Between these two sites, I’ve no doubt that if you stumbled upon a Space Shuttle pinball machine in need of repair, you’d have abundant resources to fix it up
and ship it to me. You know you want to. At least, *I* want you to!
Space Shuttle was manufactured by Williams in 1984. A total of 7,620 games were produced. The game was designed by Barry Oursler. Space Shuttle was one of only three System 9 games released by Williams, the other two being Comet and Sorcerer. Fun fact: Space Shuttle was the first Williams game to feature a “toy” on the playfield.
One thing that makes this restoration unique is that the owner was directly involved with the Hubble Space Telescope, and obtained quite a few autographs on his playfield from astronauts and NASA greats. I’m sure every restoration is unique, but this one takes the cake!