Report By: Nina Rai
New York, 29 April, 2012
The first American shuttle ever built, the Enterprise swept across the Manhattan skyline in what was an historic final flyover after taking off from Dulles Airport near Washington DC on Friday, 27th April, 2012.
The antique shuttle arrived in New York harbor piggybacking on a Boeing 747 jet after making a dramatic flight along the Hudson River. The shuttle was even filmed flying past the famed landmark the Statue of Liberty.
Before touching down at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), the retired shuttle was seen in awe by spectators at a low altitude along the Hudson River. This gave the residents of New York and New Jersey an amazing glimpse of the craft.
One witness Dan Wagner, a NY resident said in awe: "I can't believe I'm actually this close and seeing it up in real life… I think my main reaction was, I wish I could speak to the pilot and have him fly exactly where he wants and get the perfect photo," added Wagner.
A space shuttle prototype, the Enterprise was earlier on garaged at the Smithsonian Institute. It was being shifted following the setting up of retired Nasa shuttles Endeavour and Discovery. The Enterprise’s new abode would now be the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan.
Source: The Telegraph
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