The weather was beautiful and clear so Murphy's Law said "Let's Go Flying!"
We drove out to Martinsburg and prepped his aircraft for flight:
Unlike most flights, on this one the pilot and passenger were flying armed.
We saw some C-5 Galaxies including one take off before we were set to go:
Then we took to the air. He flew and I snapped pictures.
ML pointed out various towns and sights, including a fly-over of Harper's Ferry:
We passed over the CSX rail yard and saw the old turntable:
We overflew the Antietam National Battlefield:
I snapped some decent pictures of Burnside's bridge:
The bridge, where troops under General Burnside were trying to force a crossing for several hours, was the site of much fierce fighting with the Confederates dominating the crossing point. Had the Union troops but known that there were other shallow routes possible to cross Antietam Creek that were not under such withering fire.
We then flew over the Sideling Hill cut and you could really see from the air the geological mountain layers revealed by the cut.
Murphy's Law delighted in showing me how well his Skyhawk handles steep banks as well as stalls. At all times, I managed to avoid screaming like a little girl. (Hey Keads - He flies like he drives!)
He also let me fly the plane - "Here, you fly it". Again, I managed to avoid screaming like a little girl.
In fact, I really enjoyed flying the plane. Uh oh, yet another possible hobby in my future...
We had a great time and headed back to the airport, landing safely. We then got to watch another C-5 depart the field:excellent description of today's aerial activities.