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April 17, 2012

Video by Jeff Riegel

To the thrill of large crowds below, Discovery made several passes over the Washington, DC area between 10:00 and 11:00 am on April 17 before landing safely at Washington-Dulles International Airport.
















Photo by Jeff Riegel


Approximately 10:40am: This was the second (of three) fly-overs over Dulles Airport on April 17, 2012.  We listened to the Control Tower as they talked the 747 down.  Upon final approach, the follow-plane was said to be low on fuel and happy to be landing, since a second fly-over at approximately 2500-3000 feet was not previously planned.  The shuttle and 747 landed on it’s final third approach.  I could smell the rubber from the braking tires of the 747 within 90 seconds after landing from my vantage point across Rt 28 in Herndon, VA

Photo by Kevin Burtnett


by Guy Noffsinger April 18, 2012 at 5pm, Dulles Airport