Waiting with hundreds of other park guests around the Hub from about 11 a.m. to the time the shuttle flew over, our conversations - based mostly on heresay and fantasy - built up this expectation among us that the Endeavour's flight path would travel directly in line over Main Street U.S.A. between Sleeping Beauty Castle and Main Street Station with hopefully another lap to follow just for good measure.
At 12:25 p.m., that wasn't anywhere near what actually happened.
It began with hearing crowds near the west (Frontierland) side screaming followed immediately by the roar of jet engines approaching. Dozens of arms to my left pointed skyward, and I turned my camera on and aimed westward.
The appearance of the Space Shuttle Endeavour flying over us was surprising, exciting and then quite brief! After it flew over, there were cheers from all the guests that had filled up the Hub ara. But we amateur photogs in what we thought was going to be the "sweet spot" inside the park all wondered, "Would it circle back? Surely it'll fly over the Castle so Disney can take that 'perfect' shot, right?"
A minute later, we saw the shuttle back in view. It was in the distance looking down towards the Disneyland entrance. It was small passing over Main Street Station and flying westward. Westward. Towards the coastline? On its way to El Segundo before landing in LAX? We waited...
...and then, we knew that was it.
There was envy and disappointment. Those standing on the steps of Main Street Station surely got better shots that included the Castle and Main Street U.S.A. in their shots. Everyone in the Hub pretty much got sky for background. Maybe some tree tops, because flew over us. OVER us!
In the end, I have this video capturing the excitement of the moment and some shots before and after. And perhaps more importantly, bragging rights to say "I was there!"
Thank you, NASA! Farewell, Space Shuttle Program.
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