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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Back in the Day: Remembering Space Shuttle Endeavour's Voyage to LA...

An F-35A Lightning II flies above space shuttle Endeavour and her Shuttle Carrier Aircraft just as they were about to depart from Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert and head for Los Angeles...on September 21, 2012.
Lockheed Martin

Just thought I'd share these two cool pics I stumbled upon online as space shuttle Endeavour prepared to venture to her final resting home in Los Angeles back in September of 2012. In the photo above, an F-35A Lightning II soars over Endeavour and her Shuttle Carrier Aircraft as they were prepped for flight on the tarmac at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert. In the image below, a visitor aboard the USS Iowa in San Pedro took this shot of the retired orbiter as she flew high above the battleship's mighty 16-inch guns (two of which are visible in this pic). Endeavour's permanent exhibit, the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, is set to open at the California Science Center in 2018. I'll be there when it opens...or soon thereafter.

Two of the USS Iowa's nine 16-inch guns are visible in this shot as space shuttle Endeavour and her Shuttle Carrier Aircraft soar high above the decommissioned battleship in San Pedro, California...on September 21, 2012.

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