So last night, Aaron of The Shekel blog came to town for the shoot tomorrow.
Weather being good, we went out to the airport.
When we got there, Decoy 05, a WV Air Guard C-5A, was just taking off.
We flew too, but with a sightly more humble steed:
We took off and flew over Charles Town and the Lair for a bit, and then headed up the Shenandoah River.
Here, Robert Byrd's useless 4-lane Bridge For No Reason is nearing completion.
Then it was up the river, passing by a quarry that we're going to get around to diving next time Aaron's down.
We took a couple of orbits around Harpers Ferry next.
Then we went east down the Potomac River to Brunswick, Maryland.
Next, we banged an aerial U-turn and skimmed the Blue Ridge to check out Antietam National Battlefield. Aaron got a few good shots of Burnside's Bridge.
Aaron says: "Again with the steep turns?!"
He managed to get a good shot of the old Dunker Church, too.
Next, I turned the plane over to Aaron for a bit.
Then is was off to the west again, out over Hancock, MD and to the Sideling Hill Cut that takes I-68 through the mountain ridge. If you haven't seen it close up, it's kinda neat. From the air though...Cool!
After an orbit or two, we headed back south down the valley over Berkeley Springs and finally back into the airport and down. For it was lunch time, and a burrito place in Shepherdstown was calling.
For more about today's flight, go to Aaron's page here.