Space Shuttle Flyover on the Hudson

Space Shuttle flies over W Hotel in Hoboken

Hoboken411 reader Andrew snapped a few shots of the Shuttle using a digital binocular – pretty cool. Here’s one over the W Hotel.

What next? Shuttle Happy Hours?

Shuttle flew by – now go back to work!

OK – the plane & shuttle went by, we can all resume our productive activities!

(Thanks Mrfreddy for the pics)

Space Shuttle to fly up and down the Hudson River on 4/27

As most of you know, NASA’s Space Shuttle program has been retired. And as a “tribute” they’re flying the ship all over the place (a great way to spend taxpayer dollars in times of economic woe!) The crazy space plane will eventually end up as an exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NYC.

The spectacle starts at 10:30am on Friday, April 27, 2012. It’ll fly up and down the Hudson River once (at an altitude of between 1,500 and 3,000 feet), then do another loop out west to the Oranges in NJ, out to western Long Island before landing at Kennedy Airport.

You can see a good map of the exact route over at the NYC Aviation website.

14 Responses

  1. klaatu says:

    It’s not even a real Space Shuttle, but I guess it’s better than nothing.

  2. Exvitermini says:

    What do you mean it’s not a real space shuttle??

    • Exvitermini says:

      I know it was just used for testing the such but it is still a shuttle[quote comment=”215284″]What do you mean it’s not a real space shuttle??[/quote]

      • HansBrix says:

        I remember hearing that the original plan was to retrofit it to become a real shuttle. The idea was eventually scrapped when they figured it would cost less to just build a new one.

        I also remember that the original name for the thing was “Constitution” (it being 1976 and all) but NASA bent to the loud petitions of Trekkies who insisted on calling it “Enterprise.” Ironic that the name went to the only one that didn’t reach space. [quote comment=”215289″]I know it was just used for testing the such but it is still a shuttle[/quote]

    • klaatu says:

      It did not have the ability to go into space. No thermal tiles or engines. It was just a prototype used to test landing after being released from a plane.[quote comment=”215284″]What do you mean it’s not a real space shuttle??[/quote]

      • MidnightRacer says:

        Do you know what Enterprise means? It fits this Shuttle exactly. “A plan”, beginning, etc.[quote comment=”215302″]It did not have the ability to go into space. No thermal tiles or engines. It was just a prototype used to test landing after being released from a plane.[/quote]

      • klaatu says:

        I agree. I was just pointing out it wasn’t a real space shuttle.[quote comment=”215317″]Do you know what Enterprise means? It fits this Shuttle exactly. “A plan”, beginning, etc.[/quote]

  3. beerzgood says:

    The escort was a NASA T38. Not an F14.

  4. HansBrix says:

    Hey – not to be overly pedantic but F-14s were retired a few years *before* the shuttle program was halted.

    NASA has a bunch of T-38s. Probably one of those.

    • hoboken411 says:

      Thanks. Luckily for my purposes, “F14″ is synonymous enough with “jet” to make my point. 😉 [quote comment=”215304″]Hey – not to be overly pedantic but F-14s were retired a few years *before* the shuttle program was halted.
      NASA has a bunch of T-38s. Probably one of those.
      [/quote]

    • joey maxim says:

      mr brix..contrare..14s are still in service..the b 52 bomber,is in service since 1956.three generations have flown the bomber,the past 57 years…in nam the a6 then still in service today..forget the raptor,,a dud..[quote comment=”215304″]Hey – not to be overly pedantic but F-14s were retired a few years *before* the shuttle program was halted.NASA has a bunch of T-38s. Probably one of those.[/quote]

    • MidnightRacer says:

      It was definitely a single Northrop T-38 Talon. I had a direct view of it flying by. That model is an advanced trainer for the USAF for a few decades (1980’s). If you saw the movie Top Gun, you’ll recognize it as the ones flown by the instructors at Miramar as MiG-21 simulators.

      Wish I had one.[quote comment=”215304″]Hey – not to be overly pedantic but F-14s were retired a few years *before* the shuttle program was halted.NASA has a bunch of T-38s. Probably one of those.[/quote]

  5. beyondee7 says:

    It’s a hand-me-down from the Smithsonian, who just got the Discovery. Still, it’s a good addition to the Intrepid museum, where it will be put on display.

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