For one California resident, the sight of the Endeavour flying over her home in the Hollywood Hills not just once, but three times, was an emotional experience.
According to MSNBC, while in California on the last leg of its final journey, "The flyover took Endeavour over the state Capitol, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hollywood Sign and other icons en route to LAX, where the shuttle will be prepped for a slow-speed journey to its museum home next month."
Della Levan, who lives in a cabin atop the Hollywood Hills near Hollywood Boulevard and Griffith Park, said she was "sitting on pins and needles" awaiting the space shuttle's arrival. MSNBC states, "Strapped to the back of a 747 jumbo jet, the pair touched down just before 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET) after a state-spanning flyover that lasted nearly five hours."
At least fifteen minutes of that time was spent in Levan's neighborhood. Levan thought that she would cry when she saw Endeavour, and that proved to be true. Levan said, "The tears were streaming with the first fly over, but then second, and third....and on top of the Hollywood Hills where I'm at, you could almost touch it, it was like a private show."
Each flyover got "closer and better," Levan said. "I was like a kid on Christmas morning, just indescribable the way it looked piggybacked to the 747, and jet fighters escorting it, just history!"
"I was under the belly on one pass, and literally it was around 1200 feet above me, like I could touch it," Levan said.
She said that she was "bawling like a baby" as she watched Endeavour pass over her home. When trying to describe the experience, Levan said it was something "a person can't describe...goosebumps, tears, cheers, love, patriotism...just amazing!"
NPR reports, "As you might imagine, the shuttle didn't exactly taxi to a gate at Los Angeles International Airport. Instead, it'll spend a few weeks in a United Airlines hangar, being prepared for its final journey — by land - to the science center."
The California Science Center in Los Angeles will be the Space Shuttle Endeavour's permanent home. The California Science Center states, "While we are building Endeavour's permanent home, a new addition to the Science Center called the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, Endeavour will be on display in the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, opening October 30, 2012."
Many visitors to the display are expected, but seeing Endeavour in the air for the last time was for Levan, and likely for thousands of Americans who saw her, "an emotional experience for sure!"