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Space Shuttle Enterprise Flies Over Long Beach

Local photographers capture Friday’s fly over of the NASA shuttle.

Local Long Beach photographers took their cameras to the sky during Friday morning's fly over of the NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise.

The shuttle was traveling from Dulles International Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in order to be put on display at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.

Attached to a specially outfitted Boeing 747 aircraft, Enterprise took an aerial tour of the tri-state area before making the historic landing.

Check out the album above to see photographs of the impressive event.

Have photos of the Enterprise? Send them to JosephK@Patch.com.

ADNK April 27, 2012 at 05:34 PM
FANTASTIC PICTURES!! I LOVE this!
The real bear April 27, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Not to be a wet blanket....but the shuttle was not flying over long beach. A plane with the shuttle attached flew over long beach. Boring.
Candygram for Mongo April 27, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Semantics - depends on your definition of "flying" - the fact that it was not powering the flight does not necessarily mean that it did not technically "fly" over Long Beach. Your comment was unnecessary. My response, even more so.
The real bear April 27, 2012 at 08:58 PM
People basically got excited about an oversized tow truck
Matthew Hogan April 27, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Really great photos from everyone -- thank you for your contributions! -- Matt Hogan Associate Regional Editor
Justin Izzo April 27, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I know it's been said already, but these photos are amazing.
Misty April 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Thanks for sharing. Great shots!
Johhny 5 April 28, 2012 at 01:50 AM
While it may seem trivial to you, the shuttle is one of man-kinds greatest achievements to date. Quite awe inspiring to me. A huge drawback though was the cost of the entire shuttle program. :(
Salvatore Monella April 28, 2012 at 05:53 AM
I still recall one of the actual shuttles being piggy-backed overhead almost 30 years ago: it was Field Day at our Valley Stream elementary school and the 6th grade classes were in the middle of a tug-of-war competetion in the playground when all of the sudden our principal shouted out something to the effect, "stop everything, time-out, look up children, it's the space shuttle!" I don't remember who won the competition that day but that beautiful image (along with the painful memories of Challenger exploding a few years later) will always be with me.
LB4 April 28, 2012 at 11:29 AM
It doesn't fly anyways... It's essentially a glider when it comes down from space.
jm April 28, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Saw the the beautiful sight fly over the house. It was so awesome. However these photos are just as great too. What an exciting day yesterday was.
Glenna King April 28, 2012 at 08:25 PM
GREAT pictures!!! :) It was amazing to see!!! :)
marie April 28, 2012 at 11:52 PM
i live in daytona beach florida and it flew right over my house to make its journey it was awesome
Candygram for Mongo April 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Does that mean birds are not flying when they "glide"?
Lloyd April 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM
A total waste of my money. Who needs this? All those billions of dollars spent in search of little Green Men from Mars. That money should go towards improving living conditions and for finding treatment and cures for diseases here on earth. Billions of dollars burned up in outerspace to explore the rings of Saturn. How does that lower my taxes? This is the ONE THING I agree with Pres. Obama. He is scaling down our space program and handing it over to Russia to waste their money on space stations and Star Trek journeys. Maybe now all those engineers and scientists in Houston will put their brains and energies towards improving our lives here on earth or at least save us billions in government expeditures. Goodbye NASA! You've burned up enough of our money. Now go get a REAL job.
Lloyd April 29, 2012 at 03:15 PM
And all those billions of dollars spent and astronauts lives lost just to fly to the moon and then walk around on it...... for what? How has that improved our lives? They invented Velcro? Who would want to go the moon anyway? Three days of flying coach with no meals served? And they would charge extra for checked bags, so we have to pack light? Then when we finally land there, the air stinks. There is none. I'd rather vacation in LA and deal with a little smog and heavy traffic. Theres no gravity, so we'd all be prancing around like a bunch of fairies who are light in their loafers. No beach, boardwalk, bars or restaurants up there. So whats a guy to do all day? Cant even find any good Chinese take out on the moon. Wait. I take that back. If China ever lands a manned spaceship up there, the first thing theyll do is open up a restaurant called New Moon Kitchen.
ADNK April 29, 2012 at 06:14 PM
A man's reach must exceed his grasp, else what's a heaven for? (I'm sure the view from under a rock is nice too.)
Lloyd April 30, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Then let NASA piss away YOUR money to reach for the stars. Not mine. I want the government to spend my money fixing roads, building bridges, feeding the poor, and giving rebates to first time home buyers.
Ed April 30, 2012 at 03:09 PM
You're such a tool.
Ed April 30, 2012 at 03:10 PM
A 'real Idiot bear'...

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