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Space shuttle Endeavour wows spectators: ‘Marvelous!’

September 21, 2012 |  9:27 am

The space shuttle Endeavour took off from Edwards Air Force Base and began its California tour, delighting crowds in the Antelope Valley.

The shuttle roared over Palmdale's Plant 42, dipping so low it seemed as if it were coming in for landing.

"I see it! I see it!" children screamed, as the modified 747 aircraft carrying Endeavour passed overhead.

Colonel Michaels Sr., 42, of Palmdale stood on the back of his pickup truck: "It's coming right at us, baby!"

He shouted: "Come to papa!"

"I feel very patriotic, today," he said.

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Lancaster resident Sean McKay, 35, whose late grandfather worked at Rockwell International for more than 35 years, said he brought his 20-month-old son, Michael, to see Endeavour in flight one last time.

"This is freaking awesome," McKay said.

When the shuttle passed overhead, Antelope Valley resident Frances Runnells, 89, stood up from her combo walker-chair and waved at the shuttle.

"Marvelous!" she exclaimed. "This is exciting."

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Palmdale city spokesman John Mylnar said he had never seen anything like the crowds gathered to see Endeavour.

"This is a party in the desert," he said. "It's a shuttle rave."

The shuttle is expected to fly over the state Capitol around 9:30 a.m. before heading toward the San Francisco Bay and then Monterey.

After returning to Southern California at 11:30 a.m., it will fly around local landmarks and land at Los Angeles International Airport around 12:30 p.m.

FULL COVERAGE: Endeavour's final journey to L.A.

After it lands at LAX on Friday, the shuttle will be housed at a United Airlines hangar until Oct. 12, when it will begin a two-day celebratory trek through the city's streets to the museum's new Samuel Oschin display pavilion.

Tweet your photos to @latimes or @lanow with the hashtag #SpotTheShuttle. Don't forget to tell us where you are! Photos can also be uploaded here or emailed to latimes-2do82r@olapic.it. Check back -- we'll be compiling the best reader photos.



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— Ann Simmons in Palmdale


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