Saturday, September 29, 2012

More Shuttle Shots

More from last week's arrival of Endeavour. Several comments asked about what else was going on at the airport while the Endeavour fly-byes and arrival were happening. For the most part, not much; everyone on hand wanted to stay and watch:

Virgin America in position for a front-row view of the north side fly-by

A handful more departures on the north side, waiting for the fly-by

On the south side, there were a bunch of watchers and waiters:

Another selection of shots of the arrival on Runway 25 Right:



The cranes for the separation operation, as seen from the tower
Even once parked on the ramp, everyone wanted to taxi past for a look. Word got around apparently, because for the rest of the afternoon, pilots were requesting the "shuttle tour": The Lufthansa in this shot is actually a departure; they taxied from the TBIT down to the west end just for a look before taxiing all the way back to the other end of the airport to depart off 25 Right (the same runway the shuttle landed on).

For more shuttle photos, see these entries:  The Endeavour has landed
                                                            More shuttle shots

1 comment:

  1. Lufthansa taxied all the way down there JUST TO SEE THE SHUTTLE?! Priceless. If I'd been a passenger I would've been cheering the LH captain.

    There was also an American 777 bound for Japan that had to hold short of 25 for at least 15 minutes- the tower kept calling him and apologizing for the delay. He didn't mind, he told the tower he had the best seats in the house.

    Since CV posted a shot of Imperial Hill (where I was), it's only fair to include a link to one of the tower (apologies to CV if this sort of thing is frowned on).