Endeavour's L.A. Fly-Overs Will Begin at 11:40 A.M. + MAP!
At 8:16 a.m. Friday morning it was "wheels up" at Edwards Air Force Base for the special 747 aircraft holding the space shuttle Endeavour. Taking a "victory lap" around the Golden State, Endeavour is heading north to the Bay Area and Sacramento to conduct a series of fly-overs before turning south to take a final tour of the skies above the Los Angeles area before landing at LAX.Due to fog in the Bay Area, Endeavour's departure this morning was pushed back a bit, and now the fly-overs locally are expected to begin at around 11:40 a.m. The public are encouraged to gather in safe viewing areas, many at or near the landmarks on Endeavour's tour list.
Once in the L.A. area, Endeavour will fly over Universal Studios, The Griffith Observatory, L.A. City Hall, the Boeing facility in Huntington Beach, Venice Beach, Malibu, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, The Queen Mary, Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey the Aquarium of the Pacific, Disneyland, the Getty Center, and the California Science Center.
The fly-overs will be done at 1,500 feet, making this a once-in a lifetime opportunity to see Endeavour in the air one last time before it moves into the California Science Center for permanent exhibit.
UPDATE 10:00 AM: CBS2 has published the "secret" flight path map for Endeavour in Los Angeles.
Looks like Endeavour will start off above Malibu and head east to loop over Downtown, head south over the Science Center, west to turn north to pass the Hollywood sign, loop over Universal before going east to Griffith Park, make a north loop over JPL in Pasadena, then a long southward pass to go over Disneyland and Boeing in Orange County, northwest over the USS Iowa, north through the South Bay, a loop over LAX and Santa Monica, before approaching LAX from the east again.