First, the shuttle came down the Potomac River from the north, stopping some of the traffic on the Arlington Memorial Bridge.
The aircraft buzzed Reagan National - where the normally constant commercial traffic was put on hold for half an hour for this stunt - and circled over Alexandria before a pass over the National Mall from west to east at 1500 feet. I got it over the Jefferson Memorial, which wasn't the best pic ever, but it's a view most people will never get.
NPS Photo by Nathan King
After circling the city to the north, they came back for a third pass, which was when I finally got the idea to put the Lincoln Memorial in the foreground. For the thousands of photos of this air show, no one else could have gotten this shot.
Discovery passes over the Lincoln Memorial. NPS Photo by Nathan King.