NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft 905 lifts off Edwards Air Force Base runway 22 April 10 on a transit flight to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in preparation for ferrying the retired space shuttle Discovery to Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C. › View Larger Image
NASA SCA 905 Heads to KSC for Discovery Ferry Flight
NASA's original Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905, departed NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California on Tuesday, April 10, for NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
At KSC, the retired space shuttle Discovery will be mounted piggyback atop the modified Boeing 747 in preparation for its ferry flight on Tuesday, April 17, to the National Air and Space Museum's Stephen S. Udvar-Hazy center adjacent to Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va., near Washington D.C. The piggyback pair is scheduled to make a low-altitude flyover over several iconic locations in the nation's capital before landing at Dulles Airport.
Once dismounted from the carrier aircraft, Discovery will be the centerpiece of a major public ceremony on Thursday, April 19 at the Udvar-Hazy Center, where Discovery will be permanently enshrined for public viewing.
Learn more about Discovery's final ferry flight to Washington at www.nasa.gov/shuttle
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NASA photos by Tony Landis
NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft 905 climbs into the morning sky after takeoff from Edwards Air Force Base April 10. The modified Boeing 747 with its distinctive vertical stabilizer "ears" mounted on the horizontal tail and shuttle mounting brackets atop its fuselage will ferry the retired space shuttle Discovery to its final home at the National Air and Space Museum's Stephen S. Udvar-Hazy Center adjoining Dulles Airport in suburban Washington, D.C. › View Larger Image
Alan Brown, Public Affairs
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center