Space shuttle just flew over my head!

According to the news the space shuttle Endeavor, mounted piggyback on a 747, was supposed to take a final farewell turn around the Bay Area today. We live on a ridge with an expansive view of the bay, so I watched from the balcony with as the announced time approached.

But the time came and went, and I thought maybe I missed it. I stepped inside the balcony door to get a pair of binoculars — maybe I could see it as it went over distant reaches of the bay. I just stepped inside when I became aware of a deep loud rumble shaking the house. An earthquake?? I dashed back out the door.

And there it was, a 747 with the Endeavor, so big, so close, unbelievably close , maybe 300 feet directly overhead. And unbelievably loud — 747s make a lot of noise close up. It had come suddenly over the ridge behind the house, so there was no warning…


Thinking of Bert Jansch reminded me of Pentangle which led me to a most bizarre juxtaposition of video and audio: