Monday, March 26, 2012
Changing Face of the New York City Skyline
My first flight in a general aviation airplane was down the Hudson River literally next to the Trade Center Towers. I say literally because you actually looked up from the airplane at the top of the buildings. It is an incredible flight. You get to look through the rows of buildings when you are lined straight up with the streets. NY Harbor is always a flurry of activity. The Staten Island ferries drag racing across the water much faster than you think they should be able to travel. You look down on aircraft carrier USS Intrepid as you fly by. We would circle the Statue of Liberty then head back to Ramapo Valley Airport (RVA).
I got to fly this a few times myself years later after I got my license. I have not flown this route since 2001. Maybe some day I'll fly it again. Maybe not. I wouldn't want to spoil my original fascination with this flight. The magic has lasted this long, why mess with it.