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Old Apr 17, 2012, 7:05 PM   #1
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Default Space Shuttle - from the runway at Dulles Airport

Through a few connections I was able to get into Dulles Airport today and onto the runway for the landing of the Space Shuttle Discovery. And then we got around the terminals for the taxiing over to the crane. Here are a few of the shots I took:





My favorite, I captured the escort plane positioned perfectly above the other aircraft!








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Old Apr 17, 2012, 7:22 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing.

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Great captures of a historic flight. I am most envious of your privilleged access!

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G'day Steve

As you say - a great series and thx for sharing with us

My fav is #5 - the shuttle is showing the wear & tear from its recent flight - sort of amazing that it can survive the re-entry stresses so well, but it shows up all over the aircraft

Q- what's going to happen to her now??
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Old Apr 19, 2012, 5:41 PM   #5
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Phil,

They towed it from the tarmac over to the Air and Space Museum that's at Dulles Airport today, where it will reside. I was actually on hand for that event this morning, and got unbelievable access including walking around and under the shuttle, and meeting many of the astronauts. I'll post some pics up once I go through them.

Here's one:

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blerdy amazing mate ... love the w/a lens view too

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Old Apr 21, 2012, 3:35 PM   #7
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Very cool, appreciate your sharing these privileged shots.
How wide was the last shot?
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Thanks. The last shot was 14mm. Here's another wide shot I took from the side opposite all the media

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That contraption will never fly. Oh wait...
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