As I woke up this morning and began the typical routine, I heard something in the news that took me from a casual approach to the day to the “photographer” mindset that kicks in anytime there is something worth noting.
Brian Lehrer, of WNYC was talking about a historic event going on right at that moment. The Space Shuttle Enterprise would “fly over” NYC as it makes it’s way to JFK Airport. [Early summer it will be transported to its final home at the The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.] It would fly over the Statue of Liberty, up the Hudson River to the Tappan Zee Bridge and then circle around Queens.
Do I run across town? Do I dash out of the house without walking Kodi?
I let a few minutes pass for logic and reality to set in. If I were to get anything of value, there should have been a bit more planning on my part. So I got myself and puppy dog dressed for our walk. I took my trusty iPhone with me to document this historic flight, hoping I would be able to catch a glimpse from the East River.
As a few of us gathered at the corner of the East 78th Street Footbridge, we discovered the flight pattern and that from our vantage point the Shuttle would be crossing by the Triborough Bridge. As we waited, Kodi also made a few new friends. It was a joyful morning!
The Shuttle flew over at approximately 11:10am. It was a beautiful site. The sky was bright blue with just the right amount of clouds. The Shuttle shimmered in the sunlight. What I saw with my eyes was amazing.
I’ve attached a few links to close ups. As you can see, I was a bit too far to get the details of the flight. But I share with you what I saw, to give you a sense of the spectacle of these few historic moments.