Like millions of people in this area, I was thrilled to watch the Discovery fly around Washington on its piggyback ride to the Air and Space Museum. The shuttle first flew directly over my car on George Washington Parkway at an extremely low altitude. It was amazing to see it from directly below at what seems like less than a 1000 feet. I then saw it from different spots while driving in D.C. It was awesome.
I love the idea of the organizers to fly the plane around the city and surrounding states. My kids were all allowed to leave class to go outside and see the fly-over. They did a great job in flying in circles while changing the path slightly to give everyone a close view.
I must confess that I was wondering as a torts professor whether there was a spike in auto accidents during this period as drivers (including me) kept looking to the sky to catch another glimpse of the remarkable flight.