Sea, Air and mostly Space, the main (unscheduled) event


The biggest attraction at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space symposium Tuesday was not on the day’s agenda.

Discovery on a 747

The space shuttle Discovery flies on the back of a modified Boeing 747 near the Sea-Air-Space expo. (Staff photo by David Brown)

Just before 10 a.m., the crowd at the convention center south of Washington began to thin out. People headed outside and looked toward the Potomac River. Soon enough, the space shuttle Discovery flew by, piggy-backing on a modified Boeing 747. The shuttle was traveling from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to a Smithsonian-owned hangar just outside the city.

It actually made two passes.

The space shuttle Discovery over the Potomac River.

The space shuttle Discovery flies on the back of a Boeing 747 on its way to a Smithsonian-owned hangar. It was the official main attraction that didn't appear on the Sea-Air-Space schedule. (Staff photo by David Brown)


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