Retirement from Federal service usually involves packing up and heading south from Washington. This morning, the Federal worker migrated north and will retire in the nation’s capital.
I watched from the Old Town Marina, where the gathered crowd looked southward toward the Wilson Bridge. Suddenly, someone yelled, "it's coming from the other direction!"
One of those times I wish I had a better camera. Can’t complain though, the weather cooperated and we got a second flyby.
Michael Mason, a technology work in Old Town said, "You're not going to see this again."
Ann Saunders, visiting from Hampshire, England was excited to see the fly-by. "Such a thrill," she said. "How lucky we are."
Discovery, a workhorse with almost 40 missions and over 148M miles flown, and the oldest of the three surviving shuttles, will replace the Enterprise at the Udvar-Hazy Center, the Smithsonian’s Museum of Air and Space at Dulles.
If you missed the flyover, or want a closer look, head over to Dulles on Thursday. An all-day welcome event starts at 11 am and features over a dozen Discovery astronauts and John Glenn.
Welcome to your new home, Discovery, and good luck on your retirement!