Space Shuttle Discovery Arrives at the NASM Udvar-Hazy Museum

17 Apr 2012 to 19 Apr 2012

Although it is the sad end of an era for US space travel, the arrival of the Space Shuttle Discovery at the National Air & Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center was quite a spectacle. The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) 747 carried the Discovery from KSC in the morning arriving at Dulles airport, making a low pass by the museum, flying over Washington DC and then returning to Dulles for another low pass and then landing.

Washington - Dulles International (IAD) - 17 Apr 2012 to 19 Apr 2012


Washington - Dulles International (IAD)

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1st pass with a few moments of sun! Note the chase plane.
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1st pass with moments of sun!
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2nd pass after the DC flybys
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2nd pass after the DC flybys
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Landing on 1R
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Parked for the last time :( Awaiting demate.
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Enterprise and Discovery face-to-face
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Discovery gets towed to the museum with some of the astronauts who flew on her.
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Discovery gets towed to the museum with some of the astronauts who flew on her.
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Enterprise and Discovery face-to-face
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Enterprise and Discovery face-to-face
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hours of waiting for one clean photo!

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