Space Shuttle Delivered to Smithsonian

This morning the Space Shuttle Discovery made its way, piggyback on a Boeing 747, from Florida to the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum next to Dulles Airport just outside of DC. On its way to the Smithsonian it buzzed the Capital a few times along the Potomac and over the National Mall.  This particular Shuttle made 39 trips into space.

I remember back in the late 1970s when I saw on TV footage of when they first put a Shuttle on top of a 747. Kind of cool that 30 some years later I get to see it in person for its last piggyback ride.  I still wonder how they whole darn thing doesn’t just fall off.

Unfortunately, my lense was dirty.

5 thoughts on “Space Shuttle Delivered to Smithsonian

  1. Susan in TX April 17, 2012 / 9:05 pm

    Amazing pictures. (I'm with you on wondering how it keeps from falling off.)


  2. agoodstoppingpoint April 17, 2012 / 9:22 pm

    Oh that's cool that you saw it in person and could take these great pictures of it! I thought of trying to see it from my building in Virginia, but my building is too far away from D.C., the shape would have been indistinct if visible at all.

    – Christy


  3. music-books-steve April 22, 2012 / 12:11 am

    Very moving. But I can't help wondering … Is this how shuttle babies are made?


  4. Thomas at My Porch April 22, 2012 / 11:12 am

    Susan: Super glue maybe.

    Christy: I only found out about it that morning or I would have missed it entirely.

    Stefan: Probably would have good views from Georgetown.

    Steve: I would have thought it was moving too, but for me, operating a camera really takes away from the moment.


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