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Endeavour and The Rock

On a flight from Edwards Air Force Base to it's final landing Los Angeles, the Space Shuttle Endeavour is seen over Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay. It is riding aboard a highly modified Boeing 747 and has an F-15 Eagle for a chase plane. When the Space Shuttle program first started, I went to Edwards AFB for the first six landings there and after one of the first landings (I don't remember exactly which one), President Reagan gave a short speech and the next shuttle ready was on the back of the 747 and took-off and did a series of low passes over the crowd. I had a 35mm camera in hand with 200mm of lens on it, and when the 747/shuttle duo flew overhead, it was so low that in one photo that I took, all that can be seen is an engine nacelle on the 747. Just wish that I knew when those photos are hiding!

 

Camera: Canon EOS 40D

Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro @40mm

Exposure: 1/1600 sec @ f/5.6 ISO 100

 

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Taken on September 21, 2012