WASHINGTON - Retired space shuttle Discovery streaked across the sky one last time Tuesday, piggybacking on a modified Boeing 747 jetliner to Washington Dulles International Airport as it headed for its final resting place: the Smithsonian Institution.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Caroline Boucher, who was visiting from Bangor, Pa.
Tourists and locals gathered on the National Mall, on rooftops and at other sites around the nation's capital to see the historic shuttle in flight before it goes on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.
A 7-year-old boy dressed as an astronaut posed for pictures as his sister stomped on a toy air pump, firing a foam rocket into the air. Bystanders gazed with binoculars, pointing and taking photos as the conjoined crafts took a tandem flight over