New Yorkers and tourists alike spent Thursday morning armed with their cameras, hoping to catch a glimpse of NASA's space shuttle prototype Enterprise as it made its Big Apple fly-by. NY1's Rocco Vertuccio filed the following report.
The space shuttle Enterprise flew past the Statue of Liberty not once but twice Thursday. The prototype shuttle's low-flying welcome tour to New York was a welcome sight for hundreds who gathered in Battery Park. It was quite a show for New Yorkers who thought they'd seen just about everything.
"I remember in the early days of the program when they used to fly from Edwards back to Florida it was quite impressive," said one onlooker.
"I started looking through the camera viewfinder. I remembered to take the camera away and see it with my own eyes yeah it was something else," said another.
People arrived with binoculars and cameras ready to catch the moment in time, many of whom were tourists who just happened to be in town.
"It was great very great yeah," said one tourist.
"It was just neat to see it never seen anything like it kind of different," said another.
For some, the Enterprise's arrival was bittersweet as they are having a hard time saying goodbye to the shuttle program.
One onlooker said he has seen 25 shuttle liftoffs and wonders what the program's retirement will mean for U.S. space exploration.
"It was a grand program I personally felt it could have continued for quite a while, feel a little upset the fact the U.S. no longer has a manned space program," said the onlooker.
And while the Enterprise itself never actually went into space, New York gave her a next to finale voyage like no one else could.