John & Anne Wiley

2011/06/25

Urban Airspaces

Our flight from Springfield, IL to Pittsburgh, PA took us over a series of cities after our relatively non-urban areas in the West. Soon after takeoff we passed near the Illinois State Fair, and it was easy to imagine all the activity there during the fair.

7244 Illinois Fairgrounds

7244 Illinois Fairgrounds

The large sprawl of Indianapolis surprised us for some reason. I’d never thought about it beyond the car race, so it was interesting to see the nearby city center. For example, like many big cities it’s grown up next to a big river.

7256 Indianapolis

7256 Indianapolis

The airport of course caught our attention too. Seems to be both a major airline terminal and an even bigger line of FedEx terminals.

0159 Indianapolis Airport

0159 Indianapolis Airport

Taking off from Dayton we got a distant glimpse of downtown, and were again surprised that it’s bigger than we’d imagined. So many places to return and spend more time…

7264 Dayton

7264 Dayton

Columbus was also larger than imagined with downtown nestled right in a bend of the river.

7267 Columbus

7267 Columbus

Weather was so fuzzy by the time we reached Pittsburgh that we didn’t take any pix. It’s just that the airport we chose was at the edge of town and on our last flight there we flew right over the city in glorious weather (have a look). Looking back at these pix from our MeriTimes Adventure flying from Santa Barbara to Newfoundland, it’s almost overwhelming at times to see little dim slices of the moving panorama we traversed in sweet Tripp.

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