Discovery's Arrival at Dulles

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by JudyM, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    I took the day off work to watch Discovery's arrival at Dulles this morning, and I'm so glad I did. What a sight! These were taken from her new home, the Udar Hazy museum. Sorry for the lousy post processing, I'm in computer hell right now.

    All taken with the Gf1 and Carl Zeiss 80-200mm f4 Vario Sonnar:
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  2. greyelm

    greyelm Mu-43 Veteran

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    Malcolm
    Great shots of an historic moment. I wish I could have seen it.

    They look as if they are mating, I wonder what the offspring will look like. :smile:
     
  3. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    It was a majestic sight and a historic one that I wasn't going to miss. It was 5 hours of driving round trip for a total of maybe 3 minutes of shooting, and I wouldn't have missed it for anything. In fact, I'm doing it all over again Thursday to watch NASA hand over the keys to the Air & Space museum.
     
  4. BSH

    BSH Mu-43 Veteran

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    Truly a historic occasion. The last flight of Discovery, maybe the end of the manned space exploration era for the USA.

    I wonder how much it costs NASA to fly the shuttles around piggy-back like that...
     
  5. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Thanks a lot, very historic moment indeed. Saw the coverage on MSNBC this evening- it must have been amazing to see Discovery live.
     
  6. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    I was lucky enough to see Enterprise being carried by the 747 during a world tour in 1984. They circled Niagara Falls and passed over my parent's house on Grand Island on the way out of the area. It made a lasting impression.

    I took plenty of photos of Enterprise yesterday and will get many more tomorrow along with Discovery. I'm having a hard time posting anything because the laptop I use for photo editing died. Until the new one arrives I'm forced to use a 10 year old HP that barely handles Internet Explorer and email, let alone photo editing. I did manage to download a few from the 5D Mark II though. Very little post processing, so not the best they can be.

    Discovery on the first of three fly overs:
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    Fly over #2. T-38 escort looking like a toy along side the 747.
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    Down to the tree tops. Discovery comes in for her final landing.
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  7. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Texas
    Outstanding aircraft grabs! :cool:
     
  8. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Great shots JudyM! (Man, the Shuttle looks awfully used ... gotta run it through a car wash.)

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  9. Roger

    Roger Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 2, 2011
    Western PA
    Great shots. I'd have loved to seen it. Thanks for sharing.
     
  10. Rover

    Rover Mu-43 Regular

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    the first bag flies free

    In all seriousness, I was in Annapolis watching it take off in Florida on the news. I was thinking I wish I was there to see it land.

    Over breakfast I realized where I was. I should have just jumped in the car and drove over to see it arrive. That would have been a good side trip on my vacation.
     
  11. slith

    slith Mu-43 Regular

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    Alfonso
    Well and now you've seen it in a way most people haven't :D