Shuttle Endeavour flies by Golden Gate Bridge, other sites

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By ALICIA CHANG
First Published 15 minutes ago • Updated 1 minute ago

The space shuttle Endeavour passes over the California state Capitol, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, in Sacramento, Calif. Endeavour is making a final trek across the country to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, where it will be permanently displayed.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Space Shuttle Endeavour mounted on NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, passes over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. Endeavour is making a final trek across the country to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, where it will be permanently displayed. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Space Shuttle Endeavour mounted on NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, passes over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. Endeavour is making a final trek across the country to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, where it will be permanently displayed. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The space shuttle Endeavour flys low over the Esquire Building in Sacramento, Calif. Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, Endeavour is making a final trek across the country to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, where it will be permanently displayed.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
The retired shuttle Endeavour piggy-backs a modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Aircraft Carrier during its final flight Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 as the pair soar over White Sands Missile Range east of Las Cruces, N.M, before reaching their landing destination in California. (AP Photo/Las Cruces Sun-News, Shari Vialpando-Hill)
Aris Westbrock sets up a 4×5 camera to try to get a photo as the space shuttle Endeavor passes over Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. Endeavour is making a final trek across the country to the California Science Center in Los Angeles, where it will be permanently displayed.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

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Thousands of spectators jammed rooftop buildings and streets in Sacramento, cheering as Endeavour made two loops around the state Capitol. A crowd of schoolchildren squealed in delight during the second flyover.

Matthew Montgomery took a break from his work as a legislative aide and brought his 2-year-old son, Tavion, to see Endeavour airborne.

“I was going to leave him in daycare but thought this is a once-in-a-lifetime deal,” said Montgomery, whose aunt was an engineer on the early Apollo missions.

After circling Sacramento, Endeavour veered toward the San Francisco Bay area, swooping over the Golden Gate Bridge as throngs snapped pictures on their cellphones and shared on social media sites.

Next up: Los Angeles-area landmarks including the Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood Sign and Disneyland.

At the Griffith Observatory, overlooking the Hollywood Sign, a crowd of people — many dressed in shorts and flip-flops with kids in tow — camped out on beach chairs and blankets on the lush lawns, waiting for a flyover later in Endeavour’s journey.

The nearly 5-hour air show will culminate with an afternoon landing at the Los Angeles International Airport for an arrival ceremony — then, in a few weeks, a slow-speed journey across town through neighborhoods to its final museum home.

Since Endeavour will buzz by some of the Golden State’s most iconic sights, law enforcement and transportation authorities warned motorists not to “gawk and drive.”

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