H-VANDENBERG AFB

Sep 21, 2012 9:20 PM by Nikki Ibarra

Locals watch Space Shuttle Endeavour fly over the Central Coast

It was a sight to be seen throughout California Friday.

On the Central Coast, many got a front row seat as the Endeavour made its way to its final destination in Los Angeles.

KSBY's Nikki Ibarra was at Vandenberg Air Force Base, where over a hundred people gathered outside the headquarters for a peek of the shuttle.

"Last flight. It's very, very significant," said Paul Graybill of Lompoc.

"It's one of a kind and it's history," said Lompoc resident, Lee Wise.

Lee Wise staked out his spot at around 9:30 Friday morning. "We can always look back and say, yes I was there, and I was part of it," said Wise, who served in the Air Force for 26 years and two years with the shuttle program at the base.

For him, Friday, is an important day. "You said it gave you the chills. It gives me a warm feeling," added Wise.

But he's not the only Central Coast resident with a connection to the shuttle program. Lt. Gen. Susan Helms is stationed at the base and flew on the Endeavour in 1993.

"I look around and see the young generations here and it really means something you know," said Wise.

For Lee Wise, he'll always remember the short but historic sight over Vandenberg. "That was outstanding, you know. The suspense of waiting for it to come through the trees, you know, and finally it came in sight, you know. It opened up and you can feel your heart going, you know. This is outstanding."

The shuttle landed at around 12:45 p.m. at LAX. For the next couple of weeks, the Endeavour will go through preparations for its final destination to the California Science Center.

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