Just some stuff I want to share with you

On to the Carolinas…

We’re leaving Williamsburg again after a relaxing night in town. There was a journalist at the airport to collect information for an article about the airport. And when he found out that there was this group of Dutch pilots around, he really wanted to get an interview. So, Jeroen and Ferdinand volunteered.

Then it was time to take off. It’s really beautiful scenery.

After a bit of flying, we got to Edenton North Carolina. Once you cross the state line, you’ll notice the difference. How Y’all doing? Y’all come on in. We find three guys running the airport’s FBO. They’re very friendly and have a strong political opinion: let’s get rid of Obama as soon as possible…

Just before we left, we saw a blimp flying over the airport. It seems that this ship is used by the army and they are test driving it here.

Professional briefing and flight preparation:

After two more stop overs we ended the day in Clemson; world famous because of the Clemson Paws and the color orange… Well you must have been here to understand it; fly here, visit town at night; like we did…

Hudson River by daylight…

On 11 September we flew over the Hudson, but the sun was going down fast. As a result, none of us had decent pictures. So, before leaving towards the south, we are going to fly the Hudson twice today; once from the south to the north and back. I took a lot of pictures. Here are a few; for the full set go to the photo album (20110913-USA-NewYork-Williamsburg).

And finally I’ve got a few pictures of “the Lady”.

Then it was time to fly to the south along the so called Jersey Shore.

This is swamp land and it amazes me why somebody would want to live here.

The further south, the hotter it gets. When we started today, the temperature was about 21 degrees. By the time we got to Cape May, we were way over the 30 degrees. It’s remarkable cooler in the shade though. After another great American lunch (aka hamburger), we moved on.

One of the next stops was quite interesting: Tangier. It’s a small island with only about 600 people living there.

We found a Black Hawk parked on the airport and took a good look at it.

We ended our tour today in Williamsburg. On route to our hotel, we saw some amazing houses along the route; hence why visitors come here to walk and get a feel of history.

What to do in New York?

The first time in New York. First impression? It’s very noisy and busy here! Last night we visited Times Square; our hotel is just a few blocks away from the square. Today we’re going on the hop on hop off bus and visit the hot spots of this place, like Wall Street, Ground Zero and the Empire State Building.

Unfortunately, we were too late to get to the Statute of Liberty. After a day of walking around, we had a nice dinner at the Rockefeller plaza. Tomorrow we’ll move on again.

Waiting for the airshow to finish…

Yesterday, after landing at Niagara Falls airport, we found out that the airport would be closed from 10.00 – 16.00 due to an airshow… That was not part of our planning, but it also gave us the ability to do something unplanned. We went to the FBO to find out that they invited a lot of people to see the show from their hangar. It included a nice barbeque as well and since we were there we mingled with the crowd. So today we are looking at a nice airshow with free food and drinks; horrible 😉

After the show, we still had some flying to do, since we want to end up in New York today. We were in a hurry now, since we are going to run out of daylight pretty soon. Looking at the distance we should be able to make it. Along the route we saw the results of the flooding a few weeks back.

From a planning point of view, this is interesting: we are going to fly to New York over the Hudson river along ground zero on 11 September 2011; ten years after…
Since we took of quite late, it was getting darker by the minute. As a result the pictures that I took from flying down the Hudson are horrible…

Where’s that waterfall?

We’re back in the air on route to Niagara Falls. But first we have to get away from Chicago. It was an interesting moment when we came into this airport due to the size of this place and the amount of traffic that’s using this airport. Today it’s busy again; this airport handles a lot of traffic of Southwest and then there are these small planes as well. Interesting to see a big plane waiting for a small Cessna taking of.

After some last glimpse at Chicago it was time to move on.

After days of flying, some of the guys were getting into a bit of a strange mode. One even started cleaning his plane. I’m starting to get worried…

Eventually we got to Niagara Falls by the end of the day. After a quick refresh, we got on the bus to see the falls by night. Well, it’s a lot of water dropping over an edge… You should go to the Canadian side to really have a decent view on the falls, but we didn’t do so. There was a band playing and beer on sale…