Shuttle Flyover

Shuttle Flyover

On September 21, 2012 the Space Shuttle Endeavor took her last flight on the back of a NASA modified 747 to its final home in Los Angeles.  We in Orange County knew that we would be treated a glimpse of the shuttle, but the exact details of the flight plan were not released.  One of the local news organizations published a map on their website that indicated that the shuttle might make it as far south as Camp Pendleton before turning back up the coast to LAX.  With this information in mind, a group of us took some time off work to go out into an open field in Irvine to catch the flyover.  We expected to see the shuttle travel south between us and the mountains, so I trained my 70-300mm lens to the northeast and waited.

Needless to say, I was a little surprised to see, when the shuttle finally made its way up from the horizon, that it was already beginning its U-turn 5 miles north of us.  I was able to get these shots as the shuttle, its 747 mothership, and two F-16 escorts skirted the tops of the treeline for a total of 45 seconds of view.

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