Space shuttle launch viewed from an airplane

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    Aug 12, 2012 10:45 PM GMT
    This is video is older now, but this is the first time I've seen it. It is stunning and actually moved me to tears:

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    Aug 12, 2012 10:56 PM GMT
    Here in Jacksonville we could see the launches in the sky. Far away in the distance, but we could still see it take off. Even though we are 150 miles away.

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    Aug 12, 2012 10:57 PM GMT
    As a kid I'd be allowed to stay up late to watch Apollo launches from Miami. View wasn't nearly as good.
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    Aug 12, 2012 11:10 PM GMT
    Sweet. And very good camera work.

    I watched one launch from Jetty Park at Port Canaveral a few years ago. Anyone can do the so-called vip viewing with the tour but it looked like a royal pain and if it gets delayed you miss your shot.

    Even as a casual observer you'd have to plan for a few days because it inevitably gets delayed. And then you get on site (just across the inlet from base--though you can't see the launch site from there, you just wait until it clears the trees) an hour or two early to make sure you can get a spot. Then you wait around after scheduled launch for a short delay. Everyone's got their radio tuned in. They finally launch and about a minute later it's over. Not unlike a few of my dates.

    It's pretty cool actually. Though I'd seen it on TV I wasn't expecting so much fire coming out of that thing and the trailing vapor plume is wild. It's so big and heavy and I don't know if it was an optical illusion but it looked not just like the rocket was going up but it like the plume was falling down.

    I watched with a bunch of retired guys from the Air Force who'd flown out from California just to see it. At the time I was glad I did it once and was pretty sure I wouldn't do it again yet I was sad to see the program end.
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    Aug 13, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    This was only slightly bigger than what we could see from Orlando. For launches all my colleagues would just walk out into the parking lot and watch it go higher and higher.

    And when it landed we could hear the double sonic-boom.

    I miss it.
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    Aug 13, 2012 5:06 AM GMT
    If by moved to tears you mean bored to tears, I agree.
    They should rename the video to "watching paint dry."
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    Aug 13, 2012 5:50 AM GMT
    You guys are so lucky to have been able to see it when it happened. I really should have made the trip. Now you'll always have a good memory to treasure.