2012-06-08 / Community

Hundreds Line BCD For A Shuttle Glimpse


As the shuttle passes Rockaway, onlookers could see the new Freedom Tower in the distance. As the shuttle passes Rockaway, onlookers could see the new Freedom Tower in the distance. Hundreds, perhaps more than a thousand locals lined Beach Channel Drive from Beach 92 Street to the tip of Breezy Point for a chance to glimpse and photograph the Space Shuttle Intrepid as it moved by barge from John F. Kennedy Airport to its new home at the Intrepid Air, Space and Sea Museum in Manhattan. Pictured left, the shuttle moves past the opened Subway Bridge. The only untoward event of the trip happened when the tugs were positioning the shuttle into the channel running alongside the bridge and the shuttle’s wingtip hit the subway bridge’s pilings, slightly damaging the protective foam layer on the wing.



A flotilla of government and private boats escorted the shuttle on its two-day journey. A flotilla of government and private boats escorted the shuttle on its two-day journey.


The former Riis Landing ferry parking lot was a favorite place for locals to shoot the Shuttle as it came under the Gil Hodges Marine Parkway Bridge. The former Riis Landing ferry parking lot was a favorite place for locals to shoot the Shuttle as it came under the Gil Hodges Marine Parkway Bridge.

Onlookers on the Breezy Point beach await the arrival of the Shuttle. Onlookers on the Breezy Point beach await the arrival of the Shuttle.

The Intrepid moves slowly under the opened bridge. The Intrepid moves slowly under the opened bridge.

Every space along the bay wall was taken by onlookers. This picture was shot at Beach 125 Street and Beach Channel Drive. Every space along the bay wall was taken by onlookers. This picture was shot at Beach 125 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

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