With last minute details of the flight plan being somewhere between top-secret and non-existent, it was hard to know exactly where to go for the best view, so I took my chances and headed to the grassy mall area to the west of the Capitol building. People lined the rooftops of surrounding buildings downtown and my excitement grew as cues from them helped me find N905NA and Shuttle Endeavor as they emerged almost directly overhead! We got lucky; instead of seeing this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle only once, those of us in Sacramento got to see it twice after the plane circled to the north and headed back over a second time. Here are a few of the pictures I was able to snap. I hope you enjoy them!
|People on the roof of the Capitol Building in Sacamento awaiting the arrival of Endeavor|
|The capitol mall|
|There it it!|
|Flying VERY low|
|Space Shuttle Endeavor and the 747 N905NA|
|Passing to the north|
|Wait! Come back!|
|On their second pass over the Capitol :)|
Did you know the Space Shuttle Endeavour was named after the ship Captain Cook sailed through the South Seas? More about the shuttle: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/shuttleoperations/orbiters/endeavour-info.html
Also some interesting stuff about the 747's you seldom head about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuttle_Carrier_Aircraft
I wonder where they'll be headed...