Geocacher Viewing the Endeavour Launch: “Right place at the perfect time”

Courtesy: Lorriebird

You never know where you’ll find a geocacher. Avid geocacher Lorrie LeBlanc (Lorriebird) was piloting an airliner over Florida just as the space shuttle Endeavour launched through the clouds this week. She snapped these pictures. Her pictures went viral, even posting on CNN.com.  Here’s her story.

Courtesy: Lorriebird

Lorriebird writes, “I was flying a route from Miami to Montreal on Monday, May 16th. I hadn’t paid much attention to the shuttle launch because I knew I would be working at the time and would miss it. We were cruising at 37,000 feet, and the chatter began on the Jacksonville radio frequency about the launch. Other aircraft started asking for permission to turn toward the launch, but they were denied.

“Then we received a message that the Endeavour was launching in one minute. I started looking at our position relative to the launch site and realized that we were VERY close at only about 40 nautical miles away. I told the Captain that I was flying with that we were the closest plane to this thing! I started looking for it and at that very moment the Endeavour punched up through the clouds in perfect position outside my window! The frequency erupted with questions….JAX center and other planes started asking us what we could see…but I was too busy taking photos to answer them! I mean, if I could have snapped my fingers to re-position our aircraft anywhere else, I wouldn’t have moved it! We absolutely lucked out and were in the right place at the perfect time.

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“I cannot write what I was saying out loud at the time. But all the while I was shooting, I just kept thinking that we were watching history being made. I really cannot describe the feeling properly, because words like amazing and incredible truly don’t cut it for trying to describe that thrill.  It took quite a while for the adrenaline rush to cut me some slack! The other pilot and I just looked at one another….did we REALLY just see that????”

Check out even more of her photos here.


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  • Capum99


  • Mamajud

     i got to see the launch from cape canaveral in person back in the nineties…i still get that adrenaline rush every time i see a launch on tv…a spectacular expeirence indeed!

  •  I saw the story the other day but didn’t realize she was a geocacher! Right on!

  • granolabars

     Log that one as “Found It!”

  • Gardendaisy77

    Once in a lifetime pics! Lucky to be you Lorriebird!

  • Antoos20


  • Katy


  • Foger63


  • Vicki Irons

    Thank you, thank you, for sharing this awesome moment with us.

  • I saw these photos on NBC news, these really went viral. Hooray for a fellow geocacher “logging” this and sharing the story in your own words with us. Thanks!!

  • Guest

     Cache across America and a Space Shuttle Launch?  Is Groundspeak paying you?  😉  Nice work!

  • Txcoastie57

    Once in a lifetime pictures.  Thanks 

  • Lorriebird

    Hi Sara!  Thanks for your post!  I just want to make sure that folks know that I am not the same person whose photos were shown on NBC.  That person is named Stephanie and she was a passenger on another plane, and to my knowledge she is not a geocacher.  There has been some confusion on whose photos are whose since they both got shared quite a bit.  The one that NBC bought the rights to is not mine…I have not sold any of mine.

  • dcigary

    So, does this count towards her FTF total?  🙂

  • Mr.Coffee and the Coffee Clan.

    Excellent photo’s to be in the right place at the right time. One question did you note it’s TB numbers as it went past..lol
    Mr.Coffee and the Coffee Clan.

  • Jany2372

    Absolutely amazing!!

  • Becbec666

    Awesome. What else can I say ?

  • So what’s the big deal?  It’s not like you were FTF or anything 😀  Great pix!

  • topgun5403

     Sometimes you just happen to be in the right spot at the right time! Awesome pictures.

  •  Wow that looks awesome – you saw a rocket launch from a plane!

  • amazing!

  • Anonymous

    Like tht how at you love it good for you I cool beverly

  • Tobiasdycus

    So I hear there is a cache on the Space Station….

  • Christie4home

    Very cool!

  • awesome…