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Enterprise NYC flyover

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Couple of months ago, there was a planned space shuttle Enterprise NYC flyover where the shuttle was mounted on top of a modified 747 jumbo and had a planned route over NYC. Enterprise was just a prototype that was built that never had engines or heat shield and therefore was never able to to spaceflights.

I took some pictures and wanted to share them with the rest of the world. There are some more pictures in my flickr gallery if you are interested.

1) Shuttle being carried on top of the modified Boeing 747. The shuttle looked tiny compared to the size and wingspan of 747.

Don't hit the plane birdie. Enterprise NYC flyover.

Don’t hit the plane birdie.

2) As the space shuttle got closer and closer to us, we started recognizing how big the 747 is compared to the space shuttle. Keep in mind that this shuttle was never designed to fly. It was just a prototype.

A more close up image of the space shuttle. Enterprise NYC flyover.

A more close up image of the space shuttle

3) I caught this snap at a very good time when the shuttle just flew by the intrepid museum, its current home. You have to go to USS Intrepid to see how massive this vessel is.

Space shuttle enterprise and its present home!, Enterprise NYC flyover.

Space shuttle enterprise and its present home!

4) A close up view of the shuttle passing by on the hudson river.

Close up look at the shuttle

Close up look at the shuttle

5) Even more close up look at the shuttle.

Even more close up view

Even more close up view

6) Photographers getting ready to take an aim at the shuttle just after it broke the clouds.

Photographers getting ready to shoot the shuttle

Photographers getting ready to shoot the shuttle

I am so glad I witnessed the enterprise NYC flyover event as this does not happen all the time and the shuttle program had some great history to it. Kudos to all the scientists and engineers who have made these. Too bad, we lost a couple of them.

4 Comments

    • Rakesh Mandalapa

      Yes it was. Was the sky clear when you saw it? My friends said it wasn’t the best of views.

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