Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Discovery flys by Bethesda

Yesterday we had a real treat, the Space Shuttle Discovery flew directly over Bethesda, MD.  Twice!.  The above picture shows it, mounted on it's 747 transporter plane and followed by a chase plane as it flew past the apartment building with the Caribou Coffee shop in it.

The first pass was at 10 minutes past 10 am, it flew almost directly over the building I was in.  I could hear the plane before I could see it and it just appeared at the top of the window, flying towards the Potomac River.

Here is a picture from the second pass, about 20 minutes later. The shuttle was only about 1,500 feet above the ground, and it looks like it flew over the southern part of Bethesda Navel Medical.

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