At the moment I'm not seeing a lot of the man
of my dreams, the man I married (Todd if you're not familiar with my story) as he's been working extremely long hours!!
But every now and then I get a few perks of him being with the 1st Helicopter Squadron and one of those perks is
that twice a year they have spousal flights. This time they decided to have two night flights on a Friday night and two day
flights during on the following day. I asked if I could go on one of each, if it wasn't a problem. Luckily enough
the wonderful people there said it would be fine! I can't tell you how 'neat' it was (for lack of a better word).
Not only do I adore flying, but I got to see what my husband gets to do on a regular basis and gave me an insight into what
his job includes. Boy, what a bummer having to look at those sights everyday!! The worst part would be the helmet
hair for sure!!
The Friday night flight was amazing. Just
flying above all of the traffic, seeing the sights of Washington DC all lit up was absolutely amazing. I tried to take
some photos but with the darkness and the continual bumping of the helicopter, all I got was some pretty amazing artistic
shots - I didn't even bother scanning those babies in - maybe I will at a a later date. It was a brilliant time though,
thanks TSgt Ivo Tanaciev (FE) and Maj Impicini for the tour and the great flying.
On Saturday I got to do the day trip and managed
to take some photos that I love. What a difference seeing it by day. You don't realise how close you are to the
ground until you see it by daylight. We flew so close to one of the bridges that I felt like I could reach down and
touch the people in the cars below us. I put in the photo of that just so you can get an idea of how low we were.
Evidently that's rather necessary so that we didn't collide with the incoming flights into Regan International.
I got to see the White House. I was rather
surprised with how small it was compared to the surrounding monuments etc. But still, I got a few shots of it and will
include them in here.
I would like to thank MSgt JR Inoa (FE) and
Capt Morales for their wonderful day tour!
Lastly I would like to send out a heartfelt
thank you to my darling husband, without whom this would not have been possible. Not only the flight over DC, which
is a very difficult thing to do since September 11th, but for his undying love and affection ... oh, and for babysitting the
kids so that I could do both of these flights! I love you Todd!!