Archive for the ‘Seen From The Air’ Category

A Short Flight


2012
07.04

I made a run up to the home office last week and had a nice flight up.  The flight path took us right by Washington, DC, giving a nice view.

Washington, DC

 

Thick/dirty plexiglass windows kinda kill the color, but it was neat seeing the silt patterns in at the top end of the Chesapeake Bay.

Chesapeake Bay currents

 

We finally hit some cloud cover, and descended into a thick blanket as we approached Newark.

fluffy pillows

 

As we hit the end of the runway, another jet hit the throttle to take-off.  We passed them for a few seconds, but they quickly caught-up and took-off.  It was fun getting to watch the whole take-off roll from right beside them.

Take-off 

Yuma Proving Grounds


2012
05.02

On a flight from SAN-ATL back in 2010, I saw GM’s Yuma Proving Grounds. GM uses this for desert testing of its vehicles. The high heat and low humidity really put cars to the test. I’m sure it’s efficient, but can you imagine the monotony of driving around that big circular track for hours on end? There appears to be an improvised road course near the center, though, and lots of good off-road testing. I’m sure I could have fun flying around here for a few days!

Yuma Proving Grounds

 

Albuquerque Shooting Range Park


2012
03.15

“Really? You saw that from the air and knew it was a shooting range?”, my wife said.  Yes, absolutely. :)

It turns out, the range is run by the city of Albuquerque and is open to the public for a very nominal fee.  Here’s a link to their website for more information.

You can see four rifle ranges on the left, and lots of pistol bays on the right, complete with a police qualification range in the middle (with concrete foot path grid).  What I didn’t catch from the air are the trap/skeet fields just SW of here, which you can see in the Google Maps images.

Albuquerque Shooting Range Park

 

And as I was looking around the area on Google Maps, I found this other range just a few miles north.  The Del Norte Gun Club has upwards of 20 bays, with everything from short pistol bays to 1,000 yard rifle ranges, with archery and shotguns in between.  SWEEEEET!!!

Ute Reservoir


2012
03.14

This is the first in a series of photos I’ll post showing cool things I’ve seen from the air.  I love to sit by the window and watch the world go by.  While it’d be fun to go hiking in all these places to truly “see the world”, seeing the world from 30,000 feet is kinda fun, too.  So in this series, I’ll post a photo I’ve taken from the plane, and link to the Google Maps satellite imagery of the same object, so you can explore the surrounding area.

I’m going to go ahead and apologize ahead of time for the poor image quality in my aerial photos.  A) Airplane windows are often very scratched and/or dirty,  2)  haze is a contrast killer.  I do what I can to fix things up, but I think you’ll find the Google images are typically superior (as you would hope, given the millions it takes to produce them).  But enough of that…here we go!

This is the Ute Reservoir in New Mexico, and I loved how the color flows from red to deep green, as the sediment content in the water changes.  Mother nature sure is a beautiful artist!

Ute Reservoir