Swan song in the sky

Matt Sun/Signal Tribune<br><strong> Taken from the roof of the Braille Institute in Los Angeles, this shot shows the Space Shuttle Endeavour soaring above the Hollywood sign during its final flight before being retired to the California Science Center in Los Angeles.</strong>
On Friday, Sept. 21, the greater Los Angeles region was treated to a victory lap by the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which made a spin around California before its final stop, and new home, at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The shuttle was bolted to a 747 jumbo jet for its ultimate tour.
“Last Friday was a historical day in Los Angeles County as we were treated to a farewell fly-over of the space shuttle Endeavour, as it arrived at LAX and prepared for its transport to the California Science Center,” said LA County 4th District Supervisor Don Knabe, in his emailed newsletter Monday. “The shuttle, which flew into space on 25 missions, majestically soared over local landmarks such as the Queen Mary, Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign. It was truly an awe-inspiring sight to see.”
<strong>Sean Belk/Signal Tribune The bluff in Long Beach became one of the ideal sites for locals to view The Endeavour’s final mission on Sept. 21.</strong>
Saul Villicana, a Long Beach resident, was among the throngs of people who took advantage of the height of Signal Hill’s Hilltop Park to watch the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s last flight.
“Considering that we’re in the midst of an acrimonious election season, the Endeavour sticks out in my mind about what this country can accomplish when we work together,” Villicana said.
Photo by Cory Bilicko/Signal Tribune<br><strong> A multitude of people took advantage of the altitude of Signal Hill’s Hilltop Park to view the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s swan-song flight.</strong>
Crews are now unbolting the shuttle from the jet to put it on a special flatbed trailer.


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