I was watching the flight on TV when I saw that they were heading east after flying around the Griffith Observatory and heading to JPL. Thought that they might be flying towards my home so I went to look. Soon as I got outside, I saw the 747 and the two NASA F-18 chase planes coming out of the southwest.
The 747 was lined up to fly almost directly overhead so I didn't get a good view of the Shuttle riding on it's back.
I zoomed out to get the F-18s in the photo. They were flying about 3,000 feet above me.
Zoomed in on the 747, the tailing edge of the Shuttle's wing can be seen.
The planes are overhead now. They sounded great, loud, people were coming out of their houses and looking up, awesome.
Back to a wide angle to show the F-18 chase planes.
As the airplanes flew past, more of the Shuttle was starting to appear.
The Shuttle's wing can be seen now.
They are flying north now.
Starting a turn to the west as they head towards JPL.
Starting to get a better view of the Shuttle.
This is the best view I got of Endeavour just before the airplanes disappeared behind my neighbor's roof as they head northwest towards JPL. Great to see them fly so low over Pasadena.
Back inside watching Endeavour on TV doing a low pass over the runway at LAX before it circled around for a landing.
I'm happy that California was able to get one of the Shuttles. Plan to check it out at it's new home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.