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    Thread: anyone following Discovery's last flight?

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      04-17-2012 03:33 PM #51
      The SCA's used to overfly Drake VOR in northern AZ where I went to college, so every once in awhile I could look up and see it flying 10,000' over head, since their service ceiling with the orbiter on was 15,000' and Prescott was at 5,000'. Saw it cruise by while I was in flight too, which was pretty awesome.

      If I was around DC I would have been outside checking it out. End of a really cool era.
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      Have you ever been to the Terror Grill? Would you like to go?

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      04-17-2012 03:38 PM #52
      I am assuming the T-38 escort is just to keep an eye on things with regards to the piggy back plane?

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      04-17-2012 03:39 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by RacingManiac View Post
      I am assuming the T-38 escort is just to keep an eye on things with regards to the piggy back plane?
      it was there to take pictures of it at various times, probably mostly to sell them at a later time for moneys. some of my friends thought they had an actual fighter jet as an escort. haha

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      04-17-2012 03:42 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by RacingManiac View Post
      I am assuming the T-38 escort is just to keep an eye on things with regards to the piggy back plane?


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      Quote Originally Posted by SivNiz View Post
      Have you ever been to the Terror Grill? Would you like to go?

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      04-17-2012 03:56 PM #55
      I saw the T38 hauling ass prior to the arrival of the 747, pretty neat. I didn't recognize it.
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      04-17-2012 04:10 PM #57
      In for reading after work. Hopefully the thread does not get locked by then. Wish I was not so far away to actually enjoy it in person. Buddy of mine works at NASA and he said the take off was one of the most coolest things he has been able to expierence.
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      04-17-2012 04:14 PM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by djsheijkdfj View Post
      What are these idiots doing? You wouldn't be able to see **** from there, especially considering Dulles is a few miles from the museum.
      Of course you could see it from there.

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      04-17-2012 04:16 PM #59
      Christ, there is such ****ing douchbaggery in this thread. Good game dickheads.
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      04-17-2012 04:17 PM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by djsheijkdfj View Post
      What are these idiots doing? You wouldn't be able to see **** from there, especially considering Dulles is a few miles from the museum.
      They flew several circles around the area including several miles West and South. I was lucky enough to get a direct flyby over my work.

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      Being a prick-tastic douchebag on the internet is just so awesome. GG keyboard warrior.
      ...I'm sure you just are trying to get this thread locked so you don't miss anything on your drive back home to BFE.

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      04-17-2012 04:23 PM #62
      Quote Originally Posted by NightTrain EX View Post
      ...I'm sure you just are trying to get this thread locked so you don't miss anything on your drive back home to BFE.

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      04-17-2012 04:35 PM #63
      Quote Originally Posted by djsheijkdfj View Post
      What are these idiots doing? You wouldn't be able to see **** from there, especially considering Dulles is a few miles from the museum.
      Wat. I took this and I work about 6 miles south of Dulles, about a mile further than that exact exit.


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      04-17-2012 04:48 PM #64
      A few more, these shot by a friend's relative.








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      04-17-2012 05:01 PM #65
      Nasa T-38 Talon


      Watched the LIVE feed during work, awesome to hear the chatter. Apparently the T-38 had a critical fuel level and they brought the 747-Shuttle in quick and across to make way for the escort.

      FYI

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      NASA operates a fleet of 32 T-38 aircraft[5] and uses the aircraft as a jet trainer for its astronauts, as well as a chase plane. Its fleet is housed primarily at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas.

      There are also 2 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Here is a pic of them being loaded.


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      04-17-2012 05:07 PM #66
      I wish I could've witnessed this live

      I don't know if this is exactly true (on-line searches turn up nothing) but I think I recall my Dad taking my Brother and I to watch the Space Shuttle/747 land at Denver's old Stapleton airport back sometime in the '80s so the 747 could refuel...if nothing else it makes for a good story
      It's a proper, proper thing!

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      04-17-2012 06:47 PM #67
      I was at work and made it to our roof for this event. One of the most amazing things I've been able to see in real life. The sound as well as the fly overs around the Capitol and mall were just breathtaking.

      A real shame to see it go. It makes you think what a marvel the reusable shuttle was....

      Such a beautiful day for its arrival as well!

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      04-17-2012 07:11 PM #68
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      04-17-2012 09:39 PM #69
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      The Force is strong with this one.

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      04-17-2012 10:25 PM #70
      wow dirty space ship.....

      oh, and epic boat-tail
      thats got to be atleast a .3 drop on cd


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      04-18-2012 07:42 AM #71
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      The Force is strong with this one.
      I was wondering if anyone else would get that joke.

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      04-18-2012 08:51 AM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by rabbitnothopper View Post
      wow dirty space ship.....
      Doesn't look too bad, considering it has 148 million miles on on it.

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      04-18-2012 08:55 AM #73
      Quote Originally Posted by McBanagon View Post
      Doesn't look too bad, considering it has 148 million miles on on it.
      Mostly highway miles.
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      04-18-2012 09:04 AM #74
      my dads company was one of the companies that built the Udvar Hazy museum, and I think they all had passes or something to witness this. These are some pics my friend took of the plane landing. she works for my dads company and she is an aerospace engineer





      im not even gonna post my cellphone pic, because its embarrasing

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      04-18-2012 09:14 AM #75
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