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Pic of the Day: Discovery’s Last Flight

by John Reed on April 17, 2012

Here you have it, one of the coolest pictures of today’s flyover of Washington, DC, by the space shuttle Discovery riding piggyback aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle Transport 747. This pic was taken from inside one of NASA’s T-38 Talon jets that were escorting the shuttle on its trip from Cape Canaveral, Fl, to its new home at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in suburban Virginia. Apparently, the T-38 (callsign Pluto 98) was so low on gas by the time the planes got to DC that its driver requested a priority landing at Dulles’ runway 1C. All for some great pictures. Click here to see some other photos take by the thousands of people who were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of her last flight. By lucky, I mean that the Discovery arrived in DC airspace roughly a half hour ahead of schedule. During my drive to the Navy League’s annual conference just outside DC,  I saw hundreds of people who showed up “on time” and were waiting on the sides of roads and in parks to see a shuttle that had already flown into history. Whoops, NASA.

Via David Cenciotti.

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