VIDEO:Endeavour leaves NASA Dryden, reader flyover pics!

EDWARDS AFB – NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, carrying space shuttle Endeavour, departed Edwards Air Force Base at 8:17 a.m., Friday (Sept. 21) to begin a four-and-a-half hour flyover of northern California and the Los Angeles basin before its scheduled same-day landing at Los Angeles International Airport. (View video of the takeoff above, courtesy NASA)

Endeavour flyover sightings!

Some of our lucky readers were able to witness the Space Shuttle Endeavor’s final flyover from various vantage points in the Antelope Valley. View their photos below.

Shawna Nelson snapped this low altitude shot from Avenue O, just west of Sierra Highway.

Laura Slonecker Jolls snapped this picture of the Endeavour headed west down Avenue N, just west of Sierra Highway.

Ron Constable took this amazing photo, at 8:44 a.m. on Sept. 21, from his front yard near Avenue N-8 and 30th Street West.

Laura Mathews snapped this awesome picture from Avenue N, near 55th Street West.

Cindy Orr caught this eye-catching photo from Avenue N & Sierra.

Stephanie Johnson caught this poster-worthy picture of the Endeavour from Avenue N, just east of 50th Street East.

Gabriela Pavia whipped out her iPhone just in time to snap this photo of Space Shuttle Endeavour flying over 22nd Street West and Avenue J in Lancaster.

Michael Marlo caught this unique photo as the shuttle crossed Sierra Highway at Avenue N in Palmdale.

Erick Munoz is a Northrop Grumman test pilot, so he was able to get on the flight line to watch the shuttle coming and going. Munoz managed to snap a pic right as the chase plane flew past as the shuttle was landing. “What an amazing experience!!” writes wife Laurie Munoz.

Apryl Kuhn snapped this crystal clear photograph from Avenue N, just west of the Antelope Valley Freeway.

Loretta Canham captured this stunning silhouette from Sierra Hwy and Ave N.

A NASA employee hurried outside just in time to witness this view from NASA’s Site 9 over at Plant 42.

Kelly Price appeared to have a front row seat over in Rosamond! Check out the detail on Kelly Price’s picture!

Carl C. Feyh snapped this perfectly framed photo of Endeavour on Sierra Highway, just south of Avenue M.

Lancaster resident Shedrick Bessent spotted Endeavour around 8:30 a.m. from Quartz Hill, near the corner of W avenue M and Quartz Hill Rd.

A Lancaster resident’s dreaded visit to the Antelope Valley courthouse this morning was instantly brightened when the reader spotted the Endeavour from the courthouse parking lot.

Atherine and Juan Blanco snapped the Endeavour SCA combo from their backyard in Palmdale.

This spectacular photo was taken by Lorin Zide over at Plant 42. “LOW and SLOW- It was so very AWESOME!!!!!” Zide writes.

Did you witness the flyover and document it with a photo that you would like to share? If so, send it to with your name and where the photo was taken, and we will add it to this page, and to our upcoming facebook gallery.

View many more sightings of space shuttle Endeavour from across the United States here.

  6 comments for “VIDEO:Endeavour leaves NASA Dryden, reader flyover pics!

  1. George Johnson USN RET
    September 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing the great photos of Endeavor and the fantastic 747 it is the end of an era America . Thank you all at NASA God bless America.
    George Johnson USN Ret

  2. John Mlynar
    September 23, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Nice photos! Thanks for posting!

  3. Quigley
    September 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you all for the amazing pics! Nice to see our community come together in a positive way!

  4. Rosa Gee
    September 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you for these beautiful images! I was hiking with my mother and my dog near the Ana Verde area practically in the mid desert–and The Endeavour passed right by us really really close, it was spectacular! Too bad I didn’t have my camera w/ me; but this once in a lifetime opportunity came to us without even expecting it! I will never forget the excitement and nostalgia I felt…I feel so lucky to live in the Antelope Valley!

  5. lucas
    September 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    They are all beautiful pictures.

  6. Matt K.
    September 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I wish the Shuttle would have gotten more time in the Antelope Valley, or even a permanent home here. Palmdale is where much of its assembly was done, not Los Angeles. Also, the politics in L.A. has chased aerospace out of the city more than they have accommodated it. Palmdale or Lancaster would have been a more fitting home for the shuttle.

    My dad painted the U.S. flag on the Shuttle in the 1980s. I’ve got pictures of him at the former Rockwell site on Plant 42 with paintbrush in hand, next to the flag. Lots of people thought the flag was a decal, but it’s not.

    My dad said it was sort of depressing because it represents “the end of an era”.

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