New Yorkers and tourists watched with joy as space shuttle Enterprise sailed over New York's skyline on its final flight before becoming a museum piece yesterday.
In a city that's understandably wary of low-flying aircrafts, people stood and watched in awe as the spacecraft rode on the back of a modified jumbo jet that flew over the Statue of Liberty and past Manhattan's West Side skyscrapers.
'It made me feel empowered. I'm going to start crying,' said Jennifer Patton, a tourist from Canton, Ohio, to Associated Press.
'I just feel like to have a plane fly that low over the Hudson, right past New York City, and to have everyone cheering and excited about it, shows that we don't have fear, that we have a sense of "This is ours,"' she said.
Ten years after 9/11, people gathered on rooftops and the banks of the Hudson River to marvel at the spacecraft. The flight was well-publicised and the police said that not one person called 911 to report the low-flying plane.
After flying through the city, the shuttle landed at Kennedy Airport and will be taken to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum by barge in June. It's set to open to the public in mid-July.
Its visit to New York came after NASA's decision to end the shuttle programme after 30 years.
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