Photo: Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with space shuttle Endeavour taxies by an F-35A at Edwards AFB

On Sept. 21, strapped atop a Boeing 747 SCA (Shuttle Carrier Aircraft), the space shuttle Endeavour flew over the L.A. area on a tour across many iconic SoCal destinations that brought it from Edwards Air Force Base, to Los Angeles International Airport.

During the flight, the modified Boeing 747 flew over the Antelope Valley before heading up north to Sacramento and San Francisco, and  then came back down to fly over some of Southern California’s most iconic landmarks such as the Getty Center, City Hall, Griffith Park, Universal Studios, Disneyland as well as the California Science Center, where it will be put on display.

On arrival at Edwards AFB on Sept. 20, the Boeing 747 with the Endeavour taxied by an F-35A CTOL (Conventional Take Off and Landing) AF-02 with 461st FLTS (Flight Test Squadron) carrying a dummy AIM-9X, where Lockheed Martin photographer Paul Weatherman took the following picture.

Image credit: Lockheed Martin


About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.