The strange object flying over the Fredericksburg area this morning was too big to be a helicopter but didn’t seem like an airplane either. Big planes usually aren’t moving that slowly, nor do they fly that low. But when it banked slightly, those who came out of their houses or stopped their cars along Washington Avenue could see the unmistakable silhouette of the space shuttle Discovery.
The Boeing transport plane with shuttle on its back left Florida early this morning, headed to the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport. By 9:30 a.m. it passed directly above the Fredericksburg area, heading northwest, below the cloud cover, on its final journey.