Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Exclusive Video: “Yeah, just another day at the office.”
Earlier today, a specially-modified NASA Boeing 747-100 jet carried the space shuttle Discovery via "piggyback" to its new home, at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport, located in the Virginia suburbs of the Washington DC area. On its way there, it took the scenic route in and around the Beltway, including a trip across the National Mall, shown here from a location about one mile north of the Capitol.
As to the little speck flying alongside it, that is a Northrop T-38 Talon. This supersonic twin-engine trainer, the first of its kind in 1959, has been a U S Air Force staple for over half a century (where it is affectionately known as the "Baby Buggy"), and is also used by NASA for escorting larger cargo and transport craft.
Yours truly shot this video this morning with a hand-held Fujicam.