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My Flight Over DC!! WAHOO!!

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!! 

Heading for Washington, DC!!
DC by air 1
We were the third 'ship' in a four ship formation. This is our view in the first 5 mins!!

The View from the Jump Seat
DC here we come!! I can't tell you how thrilled I was to be on this flight!

The Sites of Washington DC
Getting closer. The Washington Memorial and House of Congress are in sight!

One of My Favourites
This shot reminds me of the movie 'Apocolypse Now' - I have NO IDEA why though?!?!?!

The Pentagon
A mixture of awe and sadness at this sight. So close to the building that lives were lost in!

Spot the White House
It had to be pointed out to me several times before I found it hiding behind the trees!

Just a Thought ...
... but maybe if they painted it fuschia pink it would stand out a little more?!

The White House and It's Front Lawn
Well maybe not Fuschia Pink, but definitely needed signposts to see it from the helicopter!

Crossing the 14th Street Bridge - Close enough?!?!
I felt as if I could reach down and touch the cars! It was amazing to say the least!

The UH-1N and the House of Congress
I loved this shot! The trusty Huey and one of the sights of DC!

My Favourite Photo of the Day
I just loved this picture. As they say, a picture says a thousand words ...

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