We’ve been space shuttle chasing since we moved to the Antelope Valley in 1985. It started when Columbia was moved down a local street on its way to Edwards Air Force Base after being refurbished at Plant 42. It was quite a sight to see!
That’s Jeffrey standing under Columbia’s wing.
In the following years we had the opportunity to see space shuttles fly by as they left Plant 42 and flew over BJ’s Corner (a local plane-watching patch of desert that is a front-row seat to every flight from Plant 42).
And then there was the time we went to Edwards AFB with my brother to see this space shuttle:
Then last Friday we were out chasing Endeavour on its last flight. We were in Rosamond, right outside Edwards AFB, when it took off.
As soon as it passed by us, we hopped in the car and headed down the 14 towards the fairgrounds. With a lot of luck and a little bit of speeding, we got there just in time to get these shots:
Our space shuttle chasing days are now over, and it’s very sad to see that program end, but we feel lucky that we lived here while they were flying and were able to get photos of some of them.