Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The end of an era—the shuttle over DC

When I was in junior high and high school, my fascination for things that flew was a mostly solitary experience.  Of course, that was part of the appeal.  The #1 command to a preacher's kid is, "Behave yourself!" and all those hundreds of hours teaching myself to build flying models probably kept me from doing something scandalous with Suzy Sweetjeans in the choir loft at church.  Not a lot of people are fascinated with the details of flight—if you don't believe me, ask the next person you pick up at an airport what kind of airplane he or she flew in on.

So it never fails to make me smile whenever I read that the most popular museum in USA is, by FAR, the Air and Space Museum in Washington.  Turns out there are others who love things that fly—so I am not alone.  Yesterday, the shuttle Discovery was delivered to the museum staff—after a flyby over the city.

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