On Friday, April 27, the space shuttle Enterprise made its last flight, leaving its Smithsonian home of over 25 years and landing at JFK Airport on its way to the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum. Along the way, it made low-altitude flyovers over the New York City region, starting with Bay Ridge and the Verrazano Bridge.
Residents and tourists across the region headed to the shores of the New York Harbor and Hudson River to capture this last opportunity to see the shuttle in flight in pictures and video:
The United Kingdom’s Daily Mail put together an amazing piece on Enterprise, beginning with a large number of beautiful photos from last Friday’s flyover, and then getting into the history of the 30-year space shuttle program, including the Enterprise’s role in it. (As we mentioned last week the Enterprise was the program’s prototype, and never flew into space or under its own power itself.) It’s a great read, and given the number of images from the photography services, it must have been very expensive to produce, so I strongly encourage reading the entire article.
Updated April 30, 11pm to add the two still photos.