Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster as seen through AH-64 Apache camera

Feb 01 2014 - 3 Comments

11 years ago today, Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart while entering higher atmosphere. Attack chopper camera filmed it.

On Feb. 1, 2003, two RNlAF (Royal Netherlands Air Force) pilots were training on an AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter out of Fort Hood, Texas at about 100 feet above ground when they witnessed and recorded with the attack chopper’s onboard camera the dramatic footage of the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrating on its way back to the Kennedy Space Center at the end of STS-107 mission.


H/T Chris Venticinque for sending this over.


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  • wfzimmerman

    Well, that’s depressing.

  • Awful…. What a horrible way to die. RIP

  • FoilHatWearer

    The Apache pilots who decided to use their onboard night-vision camera to film the re-entry of Columbia for fun never dreamed that their film footage would be used as a major piece of evidence in an accident investigation. One other point of interest. In the last few seconds of video, the three glowing objects going behind the grove of trees are the three main engines of the shuttle flying in formation. Since the engines are the heaviest and most solid individual objects on an aircraft/spacecraft, they typically fly the farthest when an aircraft breaks up in flight.