clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Space Shuttle Discovery to be strapped to a 747 and flown over Washington, DC on April 17th

New, 21 comments

NASA may have ended the Space Shuttle program last year, but the shuttle Discovery will get one more flight — on April 17th, Discovery will be mounted atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) for a flight over Washington, DC.

Space Shuttle Endeavour
Space Shuttle Endeavour

NASA may have ended the Space Shuttle program last year, but the shuttle Discovery will get one more flight — on April 17th, Discovery will be mounted atop NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) for a flight over Washington, DC. This FAA-approved flight will take place between 10 and 11AM, depending on weather conditions; the shuttle / 747 combo will buzz the city at about 1500 feet and head over a number of landmarks, including the National Mall and the Reagan National Airport. If you're not down in Washington, DC, fear not — NASA will be streaming the event live on its site. Following the flight, Discovery will land at the Dulles International Airport and will eventually be towed over to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. As for the Endeavour, it'll be taking the final SCA flight this fall to the California Science Center in Los Angeles; the Atlantis will be transported to the Kennedy Space Center visitor complex this November.