Posted in U.S. & World News, Posted: Fri, April 27 2012 at 6:08 PM, Updated: Fri, April 27 2012 at 6:29 PM
It was a picture-perfect flight for a space shuttle that never flew in space.
The space shuttle enterprise left the Washington, D.C. area for its new home on-board the USS intrepid in New York.
It was a flight of an American icon over one of America’s iconic skylines.
Perched on-top of NASA's modified 747, the enterprise flew low over Manhattan, passing by the empire state building, ground zero, and the city's famous bridges.
"It’s a once in a lifetime thing, you see something special like that, you gotta grab the moment, cease the moment," said Tom Berger, an on-looker.
Earlier in the morning enterprise left its home for the past 27 years, the Smithsonian’s national air and space museum annex at Dulles Airport outside Washington.
The space shuttle discovery will replace the enterprise at the Smithsonian as part of NASA’s retirement plans for its fleet of space shuttles.
While the enterprise never flew in space, it did serve as the training shuttle and will now be on public display at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum starting in mid-July.
"Our mission at the intrepid is to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth and we are so proud that enterprise in all that she has done and all that she represents will carry out this mission going forward," said Sarah Marinoff Zazner, president of the intrepid museum.
NASA says it will put enterprise on a barge from JFK, and float it up the Hudson River to be lifted on-board the intrepid in a few weeks.