Last flight of Endeavour
I wish I was able to be somewhere to take a few photos of the Space Shuttles Endeavour’s last flight. Unfortunately, I will be working and my building is not located close to one of the chosen landmarks.
The following is a NASA news release. Note the reference to Vandenberg Air Force Base. It looks like Endeavour may fly south along/near the coast between the San Francisco area and Los Angeles.
NASA INVITES CALIFORNIANS TO PARTICIPATE IN ENDEAVOUR FLYOVER
WASHINGTON — NASA invites Californians to participate in space
shuttle Endeavour’s historic flyover of the state Friday, Sept. 21.
The orbiter, atop its 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), is scheduled
to fly over northern California and a large area of the Los Angeles
basin beginning at about 8:15 a.m. PDT, one hour later than
originally planned. NASA, the California Science Center, and the
Federal Aviation Administration delayed the start of the flight to
increase the probability that fog over the San Francisco area will
dissipate before the flyover.
During the four-and-a-half hour flight, social media users are
encouraged to share their Endeavour sightings using the hashtags
#spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour’s vehicle designation.
Members of the public are encouraged to share their photos of the SCA
and Endeavour on NASA’s Flickr group at:
For official NASA images of the SCA and Endeavour, see the NASA HQ
Photography Flickr account at:
At 11 a.m. EDT (8 a.m. PDT), NASA Television will air the departure of
Endeavour from Edwards Air Force Base as it begins its California
The SCA and Endeavour will salute NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center
and the Edwards Air Force Base area after takeoff with a low flyby
northbound to Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Any time after 9:30 a.m. PDT, watch for Endeavour from viewing
locations that include the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Chabot Space
and Science Center, the California State Capitol, Exploratorium,
Lawrence Hall of Science and Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Next the aircraft will travel south, making a pass over NASA’s Ames
Research Center and Vandenberg Air Force Base before heading into the
Los Angeles area.
Any time after 11:30 a.m., watch for flyovers of Endeavour passing
regional landmarks such as its future home at the California Science
Center, Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, Disneyland, The
Getty Center, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles City Hall, the Long
Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, Malibu Beach, NASA’s Jet Propulsion
Laboratory in Pasadena, the Queen Mary, Universal Studios and Venice
Beach, among others.
Finally, the SCA and Endeavour will land about 12:45 p.m., at Los
Angeles International Airport (LAX) for an arrival ceremony before
Endeavour is taken off the 747. The orbiter will be transported to
the California Science Center next month.
The exact timing and path of the ferry flight will depend on weather
conditions and operational constraints. Some planned flyovers or
stopovers could be delayed or canceled.
For more information about NASA’s transfer of space shuttles to
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A modified jumbo jet carrying the space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to fly over several California venues on Friday. Ian Gregor of the FAA provided Launch Alert with the following information:
“You can expect the shuttle to fly over the state Capitol in Sacramento
sometime after 8 a.m.
You can expect the shuttle to enter the San Francisco Bay Area after 8:30
a.m. It will fly over the following places.
Golden Gate Bridge
You can expect the shuttle to enter the LA Basin sometime after 10 a.m. It
will fly over the following places.
Boeing plant in Seal Beach
California Science Center
LA City Hall
Santa Monica Pier
Space X in Hawthorne