I was fortunate to catch a glimpse of the final flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery today as it was being transported to her new home at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum located at Dulles International Airport. Before my camera battery died (poor planning on my part), I was able to capture the following video as the Shuttle flew over Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia:
It was a surreal sight to watch the Shuttle and her 747-transport flying overhead. You’ve seen it so many times on TV, but to see it in person – well, it just didn’t seem real. In all, the Shuttle flew over our head six times. The first two times (the first being the pass above) was when she flew down the Potomac River (South) and then back towards the North. The last four times were passes (from the West to the East and back again) as she flew across the river towards Washington, DC for photos with some of our nations’ landmarks; primarily the Washington Monument.
Once she is placed in her new home and ready for her public appearances, I hope to make a trip out to the museum and take some photos for you to enjoy.