- Posted April 27, 2012 by
Weehawkin, New Jersey
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Light Years: Your view of space and stars
Enterprise Takes A Ride Up The Hudson
I was a bit concerned when I first arrived at Hamilton Park in Weehawkin this morning to watch the historic flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise and the NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. That's because as I waited for the flyover, I checked email on my phone, and a few drops of rain hit my cel screen. But I crossed my fingers and the weather held up, although there was a chill emanating from the Hudson River. Enterprise arrived in regal fashion from the South, over the Verrazano Bridge. It was an incredible sight from the beginning, the crowd in the park whispering "there it is - there it is," like a celebrity had just entered the gates of the park.
The two things that went through my mind were the amazing ingenuity of the human spirit, along with a bit of sadness. It was like watching a champion race horse being led out to the pasture. It will be an amazing retirement, and the world now has the opportunity to set this amazing machine up close, but it's sad that these airships will no longer be searching for something more, out past the horizon.
The pictures below include: a shot I took of the Intrepid, where Enterprise will ultimately come to rest this June; a waiting crowd; the Norwegian Star cruise ship which at first, blocked our view of the Intrepid; and of course, the two flying stars of the show.