As you may or may not know, the Space Shuttle Discovery, making its way to its new home at the Udvar-Hazy annex of the National Air and Space Museum near Dulles Airport, will be in view tomorrow, April 17, 2012, as it flies overhead here in the Washington Metro area on the back of the Boeing-747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA).
On Tuesday, April 17th, Discovery and the SCA will fly at a low altitude of approximately 1,500 feet around various parts of Washington, DC. The exact route and timing of the flight depend on weather and operational constraints. However, the aircraft is expected to fly near a variety of landmarks in the metropolitan area, including the National Mall, Reagan National Airport, National Harbor and the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center. The exact time is not known, but it is expected to take place between 10:00 and 11:00 AM. When the flyover is complete, the SCA will land at Dulles International Airport.
Thales in Arlington, VA has a unique “grandstand” view of the entire Washington, DC route. Please plan to take advantage of this possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.