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Space shuttle Discovery lands in Washington for Smithsonian display
[i]Space shuttle Discovery, NASA's fleet leader and the world's most flown spacecraft, landed in the nation's capital on Tuesday (April 17) where it will go on permanent display by the Smithsonian later this week.
The retired spacecraft was delivered to the nation's capital mounted to the space agency's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, a modified Boeing 747 jumbo jet, on a final ferry flight that included an historic flyover of the National Mall and some of its nearby monuments and federal buildings.
The air- and spacecraft duo landed at Washington Dulles International Airport at 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 GMT).
"This is a WOW day!" exclaimed Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. "That is the only way to express it. I don't know how many people said 'wow!' when they saw that beautiful Discovery flying over and coming in. This is a great day for America."[/i]
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