It was a beautiful spring day here in Washington DC on Tuesday morning as thousands of people in the Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland area flooded the streets to catch a glimpse of NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery as it arrived piggybacked on the back of a 747 aircraft on its way to the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Museum. And Reel Film News was out to capture some images of this breathtaking sight for you to see!
The plane soared around 1,500 feet over the nation’s capital, gliding over the Potomac River, Reagan Airport, and the National Mall before eventually touching down at Dulles Airport today.
The exact flight path was kept secret due to security concerns, but NASA set up several viewing locations throughout the nation’s capital for everyone to watch.
Below, please find some thumbnail images of pictures taken by Reel Film News. To see a larger full-size image, simply click on one of the images below:
The shuttle flew at least 4 passes over the DC Metropolitan area before heading over to Dulles.