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    Space Shuttle Discovery on it's way to Amarillo...

    for a fuel stop on the way back to Kennedy Space Center in Florida...getting ready to head over to the airport and try to get some good pictures


    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NASA911
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    Spent about 3 hours at the airport today, watching the shuttle land, refuel, then take back off out of here, heading to Carswell down in Ft. Worth.

    Got a lot of great photos, took nearly 400 in all. Here's a sampling of what I took.





























    You can see more of the photos I took on my flickr page here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sonicae...7622294411027/

    I'll be uploading more photos later today as I get a chance...
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    Great shots Indy!

    These must be the one's that National Geographic didn't want.

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    Thanks I knew that when the shuttle had landed in California last week that there would be a chance for it to come through Amarillo...sure enough, they had posted their flight plan last night on the NASA website with a stopover here for fuel. Got down there early to get a good spot, then just waited it out

    I was really hoping for another chance to see the shuttle come through town. The camera I have now compared to the camera I had two years ago are worlds apart as far as image quality goes.

    I'm looking through the stuff right now trying to decide what I'm going to get a full size print made to hang on the wall, along with my shuttle picture from two years ago hanging on the wall
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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt View Post
    Thanks I saw some shots this morning from the same spot in the AP story by another photographer on flickr before heading over to the airport..it looked like they had a great vantage point, but low lighting, as it was just before dawn, so they had to bump up the ISO on their cameras and drop the shutter speed...not something you really want to be doing with an aircraft flying by at a high rate of speed

    I had a couple of 8x10s made of my favorite shots from today and they're now framed and hung on the wall next to the shots I took of the Atlantis shuttle when it was in Amarillo two years ago
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    Is it me or is the shuttle looking old? Great shots!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chimdogger View Post
    Is it me or is the shuttle looking old? Great shots!
    Thanks As far as it looking old? Well, it is the oldest shuttle in the fleet now, nearly 30 years old...
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    not to mention it prolly won't get cleaned up until Kennedy has time to inspect it and make repairs
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    Awesome photo's!!

    You should try to submit some to Airliners.net. I'm sure they would get in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Illini25 View Post
    Awesome photo's!!

    You should try to submit some to Airliners.net. I'm sure they would get in.
    I'll probably do that after touching up the images just a hair...airliners.net is insanely picky when it comes to image quality

    On a secondary note, I found a picture of my wife and I at the Shuttle stopover taken by another photographer on flickr:



    I'm busy snapping away at the pictures, and she's sitting back relaxing while reading a book

    Shouldn't take a genius to look at the three guys there and figure out which one is me
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    You should print and frame that shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt View Post


    You should print and frame that shot.
    I may just have to do that, to go with the two framed shots I've now got up of the shuttle stopover

    The two guys in the picture with me and my wife, I also had snapped a shot of:



    Got to talking to them and found out they were both a couple of aviation enthusiasts as well. They had found out about the shuttle coming in the same way I did...by watching the NASA home page and keeping tabs on the flight through flightaware.com.
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