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April 27, 2012
Space shuttle arrives in NYC; crowds watch in awe

NEW YORK (AP) -- In a city understandably wary of low-flying aircraft, New Yorkers and tourists alike watched with pure joy and excitement Friday as space shuttle Enterprise glided over the skyline on its final aerial journey before it becomes a museum piece.

Ten years after 9/11, people gathered on rooftops and the banks of the Hudson River to marvel at the sight of the spacecraft riding piggyback on a modified jumbo jet that flew over the Statue of Liberty and past the skyscrapers along Manhattan's West Side.

"It made me feel empowered. I'm going to start crying," Jennifer Patton, a tourist from Canton, Ohio, said after the plane passed over the cheering crowd on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the floating air-and-space museum that will be the shuttle's permanent home.

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In this photo provided by NASA, Space shuttle Enterprise, riding on the back of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies over New York on Friday, April 27, 2012. Enterprise is eventually going to make its new home in New York City at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. AP / Robert Markowitz
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In this photo provided by the Smithsonian Institution via NASA, space shuttles Enterprise, left, and Discovery meet nose-to-nose at the beginning of a transfer ceremony at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Thursday, April 19, 2012, in Chantilly, Va. Space shuttle Discovery will take the place of Enterprise at the center to commemorate past achievements in space and retire as an artifact representing the 30-year shuttle program. AP / Carolyn Russo
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In this photo provided by NASA, the space shuttle Enterprise rests atop of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft for transport to New York at Washington Dulles International Airport, Friday, April 20, 2012, in Sterling, Va. AP / Bill Ingalls
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In this photo provided by NASA, the space shuttle Enterprise is mated on top of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at Washington Dulles International Airport Saturday, April 21, 2012, in Sterling, Va. AP / Bill Ingalls
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Space shuttle Enterprise, riding on the back of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies past the World Trade Center construction on Friday, April 27, 2012 in New York. AP / Bebeto Matthews
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In this photograph taken by AP Images for Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the Space Shuttle Enterprise is seen flying over the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Friday, April 27, 2012 in New York. AP IMAGES FOR INTREPID SEA, AIR / Ed Rieker
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Space shuttle Enterprise, riding on the back of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, approaches the One World Trade Center building under construction, as it arrives in New York, Friday, April 27, 2012. AP / Richard Drew
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Space shuttle Enterprise, riding on the back of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, cruises over the Hudson river, Friday, April 27, 2012 in New York. AP / Jesus Medina
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Space shuttle Enterprise, riding on the back of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, cruises over the Hudson river, Friday, April 27, 2012 in New York. Enterprise is eventually going to make its new home in New York City at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. AP / Mary Altaffer
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People stand along the Hudson River near in Liberty State Park watching as the Space shuttle Enterprise flies past in Jersey City, N.J., Friday, April 27, 2012. AP / Mel Evans
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Space shuttle Enterprise, riding on the back of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft performs a fly-by above JFK International Airport, Friday, April 27, 2012, in New York. AP / John Minchillo
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Space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), flies over the Hudson River in New York on Friday, April 27, 2012. ZUMA24.com / Matt Hedges
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Space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), is seen off in the distance behind the Statue of Liberty in New York on Friday, April 27, 2012. ZUMA24.com / Bill Ingalls
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Space shuttle Enterprise, riding on the back of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies past the Chrysler building as it circles to land at JFK International Airport, Friday, April 27, 2012, in New York. AP / Bebeto Matthews

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