Obelisk From Above
Last week two of NASA's T-38s performed a series of fly-bys of the nation's capital to test out routes and practice photography for the April 17 fly-by of the Discovery orbiter as it sits atop the 747 that will bring it from Kennedy Space Center to its new home at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. NASA Senior Photographer Bill Ingalls was strapped inside a helicopter snapping pictures of the trainer jets, but had some time to catch a few unique angles as he passed over the National Mall, like this one of the Washington Monument. Since flights are restricted over the capital, not many folks get to see the city like this.
Photo: NASA / Bill Ingalls