Back in April 2012, the Space Shuttle Discovery got a lift to the Dulles Smithsonian Air & Space museum. Before it completed its final journey, (assuming it's not retrofitted and tricked out for some sort of asteroid-interdiction mission, which I'm not ruling out), it circled the Capitol for a bit. Our old office was right on the periphery of the flight path, giving me an unassailable excuse to not work for a bit.
I came across this old footage when I was archiving some video for 390 other video projects I'm working on. I'd always meant to cut it up, add a blues track and turn it into a royalty free advertisement courtesy of one of our gigantic government agencies, so here it is!
I offer this as a testament to what men can move. I would love to have been a fly on the wall when they discussed how to move this beast across the country.
"Hey -- so what if we have to land the shuttle in California, but we need to launch it from Florida?"
***Thoughtful pause around the conference room***
"How about if we grab that sucker with both hands and bolt it to the back of a 747?"
Everyone sits up at once, the room erupts into chants of "U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!"