AirTalk for September 21, 2012

Endeavour buzzes Southern California

APTOPIX Space Shuttle Last Stop

David J. Phillip/AP

Space shuttle Endeavour flies over Ellington Field in Houston atop the shuttle aircraft carrier Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. Endeavour is making a final trek across the country to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, where it will be permanently displayed.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour circled the Earth 4,671 times on its own power, but will need a piggyback ride from a modified 747 for its final voyage over the skies of Los Angeles.

Luckily for local residents, the shuttle will be sticking to a strict itinerary. Angelenos hoping to catch a glimpse of the shuttle can do so (weather permitting) starting starting at around 12 noon.

Here are some likely vantage points along the route: KPCC Map

Specifics about the flyovers have been tight due to security concerns, but Endeavour and its modified 747 ferry aircraft will fly at 1,500 feet over several local landmarks. Authorities are also reminding drivers to be careful and not try and take photos while driving. A cool looking Instagram just isn’t worth it.

Will you be making a trip out to see Endeavour’s final flight? Which Los Angeles flyby location do you think will offer the best view? Malibu with the crystal blue ocean? Griffith Park with the majestic Observatory in the background? Are you lucky enough to live on the flyby route?

Guests:

Corey Moore, KPCC reporter covering the landing at Los Angeles International Airport

Brian Watt, KPCC Reporter


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