The modified Boeing 747 jet will depart the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT), performing a series of low-altitude passes over the Space Coast beaches, Visitor Complex and spaceport before plotting a course towards the nation's capital were more flyovers are planned and an eventual landing at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
"With the flybys here and the Dulles areas, the flight is going to be about 3 hours, 40 minutes. Just flying time is 2 hours, 20 minutes," said Shuttle Carrier Aircraft flight engineer Henry Taylor.
"The museum wants us to do a pass over Dulles and we're going to try to do some in the D.C. area. The exact route is not published. Hopefully the weather will cooperate where it will be good for the people on the ground to see, and we'll have a photo chase to get some aerial photography."
The D.C. flyovers are expected around 10 a.m. EDT and touchdown at Dulles is expected at 10:40 a.m. EDT.
Shuttle fans are expected to flock to the airport to see the landing, and 747 pilot Jeff Moultrie says he will give folks a nice photo opportunity