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Gallery: Discovery Fly-over

Postby owlice » Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:57 pm


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Re: Gallery: Discovery Fly-over

Postby owlice » Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:44 pm

I was walking from one building to another in downtown DC (by design) when Discovery was flown over. Bad cell phone with a worse camera, so this is what I got. I was mostly busy watching anyway, along with many others. Discovery made three passes; I saw two of them (but got only the one pic).

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Several friends have sent me other (better) pics; will post them tonight if they grant me permission to do so.

It was very exciting to see!!
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Re: Gallery: Discovery Fly-over

Postby owlice » Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:09 pm

From Downtown DC
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Re: Gallery: Discovery Fly-over

Postby bystander » Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:34 pm


Space Shuttle Discovery Flown Over the U.S. Capitol
NASA Image of the Day | 2012 Apr 17
Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, is seen as it flies near the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Washington. Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA’s shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum to begin its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers.

Image Credit: NASA/Smithsonian Institution/Harold Dorwin
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Re: Gallery: Discovery Fly-over

Postby geckzilla » Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:39 pm

Hey, even the guys renovating the statue are pausing to look. What's up with the little escort the shuttle has? Were they making sure no other flights happened at the same time? I guess if I were transporting a space shuttle I'd want security to be tight, too.
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Re: Gallery: Discovery Fly-over

Postby neufer » Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:13 pm

geckzilla wrote:
What's up with the little escort the shuttle has? Were they making sure no other flights happened at the same time? I guess if I were transporting a space shuttle I'd want security to be tight, too.

It is a "chase plane" : safety and photo.

http://www.aviationbanter.com/archive/i ... -6729.html wrote:
On Mon, 20 Oct 2003 11:12:06 -0700, Hobo > wrote:

> What is the purpose of "chase planes" that are always involved
> with the testing of every new aircraft design?

Mary Shafer wrote:
There are two kinds of chase planes: safety and photo.

Safety chase is there for safety of flight--the chase pilot takes the
radio calls, watches for traffic, makes sure they stay inside the
restricted area, keeps an eye out for fluids leaks or parts falling
off, acts as a pacer aircraft to be sure the CADS is working about
right, looks for anomalies like flutter or buffet, and, if required,
acts as RESCAP.


Photo chase carries the photographer or videographer, obviously. The
photo chase pilot will also be a safety chase.


At Dryden, research aircraft have to have a safety chase at all times,
except in the landing pattern. On long flights, we could use the EDW
tanker crew as an interim safety chase while we swapped safety chases,
ensuring that the research vehicle was never flying all by itself, out
of everyone's view.
Dan Ford wrote:
They do useful things like confirming that the test aircraft's wheels
are down (or up, as the case may be).
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Re: Gallery: Discovery Fly-over

Postby owlice » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:24 am

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Re: Gallery: Discovery Fly-over

Postby owlice » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:36 am

DC Arrival
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Re: Gallery: Discovery Fly-over

Postby Indigo_Sunrise » Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:13 am

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[Another cell phone pic, but not too bad.] Taken from the National Harbor just outside of DC. It was pretty awesome watching it fly over the Potomac River!

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Re: Gallery: Discovery Fly-over

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Re: Gallery: Discovery Fly-over

Postby geckzilla » Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:12 pm

Oh, so that's what that little airplane is. I feel so silly now for mistaking it for a fighter jet earlier.
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Re: Gallery: Discovery Fly-over

Postby neufer » Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:20 pm

geckzilla wrote:
Oh, so that's what that little airplane is. I feel so silly now for mistaking it for a fighter jet earlier.

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Re: Gallery: Discovery Fly-over

Postby NWinston » Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:55 pm

Awesome seeing Space Shuttle Discovery. Here's a couple of my pictures from the event.

Copyright: Neil Winston












I have the rest of my pictures of the event here http://www.flickr.com/photos/53210246@N ... 942261380/
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