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Shuttle Endeavour now at LAX

25 September 2012

Shuttle Endeavour now at LAX

21 September 2012, Endeavour and B-747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft during the LAX fly-by (note the slats are deployed but the flaps apparently are not — NASA photo by Bill Ingalls

21 September 2012 marked Space Shuttle Endeavour last flight and final landing. What a retirement curtain call it was — touring much of California prior to landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Closer view of the Shuttle Aircraft Carrier and Endeavour assembly — NASA photo by Bill Ingalls

Like many hard workers, this marks Endeavour’s retirement from NASA, as well as flight, but only to begin service anew as a display in the California Science Center which has excellent exhibits with respect to aviation and space (among many other sciences).

21 September 2012, Endeavour and her carrier aircraft joined by a NASA F-18 (F/A-18 when in military service) approach LAX with a fly-by — NASA photo by Joel Kowsky

Endeavour will be demated from the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (the Boeing B-747) and, in mid October, be towed several miles to the museum to be placed on exhibit — which will be another and special spectacle for the public to witness 🙂 She will join elite company with a two seat Lockheed A-12 known as the “Titanium Goose”, a rare two seat A-12, as well as a handful of other aircraft.

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