At 09:45hrs on Friday, September 21, 2012, the space shuttle Endeavour slowly began making the first of two circles around the California state Capitol building at low altitude, sitting piggy-back on a modified 747. Most schools in the district where I teach, Natomas Unified in north Sacramento, let classes go outside at 9:15 to watch as the fly-by was scheduled for 9:30. The flyover was wonderfully impressive and inspiring; the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft flew low enough for its engines to rattle the windows! The excitement and discussions lasted throughout the school day; the students will remember this event all their lives. Various teachers took the photos posted below.
See professional photos of the flyover here.