Crowds watch in awe as shuttle arrives in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — In a city understandably wary of low-flying aircraft, New Yorkers and tourists alike watched with joy and excitement Friday as space shuttle Enterprise sailed over the skyline on its final flight before it becomes a museum piece.

Ten years after 9/11, people gathered on rooftops and the banks of the Hudson River to marvel at the sight of the spacecraft riding piggyback on a modified jumbo jet that flew over the Statue of Liberty and past the skyscrapers along Manhattan’s West Side.

“It made me feel empowered. I’m going to start crying,” Jennifer Patton, a tourist from Canton, Ohio, said after the plane passed over the cheering crowd on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the floating air-and-space museum that will be the shuttle’s permanent home.

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In this photo provided by NASA, Space shuttle Enterprise, riding on the back of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies over New York on Friday, April 27, 2012. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

Space shuttle Enterprise, riding on the back of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, performs a fly-by above JFK International Airport on Friday, April 27, 2012, in New York. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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