"ENTERPRISE" Rhode Island Day Trip - Page 158.
July 30, 2005: Mike took a few pictures near
his new neighborhood. That main street you see there is the original US 1 running
north through Narragansett and Saunderstown toward Providence, Rhode Island.
This shot is the same area looking toward the southwest.
After the flight, Mike posed for this parting shot before Dale and I headed
back toward New Jersey. We were parked next to this Lear Jet model 55 from West Palm
Dale made this self-portrait when I was busy flying the airplane and talking
with Providence approach. I was not aware that he had made the shot until we were
swapping photo files back at his home Saturday night. Take a close look at the
reflections in his sun glasses. You can make out both of his arms holding the camera
in one lens and a view of the wing leading edge out the side of the canopy. The
other lens has a reflection of just one arm and the instrument panel with the compass on
the top and the center support bar for the windshield roll bar.
Here we are again back at the Tappan Zee Bridge in a shot from 8,500 feet MSL
cruising at 160 MPH. When I looked to the left at New York City, I realized we could
get the low-altitude photos we missed earlier today when the fog and haze were too thick
for VFR flight. I was already talking with New York Approach, so after a quick
request, we made two and a half steep turns near the Alpine Tower and leveled out around
1500 feet MSL for the trip down the Hudson River.
THE ALPINE TOWER
The Alpine Tower, located in Alpine, New Jersey, was constructed in 1937 by the late Major Howard Armstrong, the inventor of FM radio. The tower was restored in 1983, and the foundations were restored in 1987. The Alpine Tower is a heavily constructed 400 foot tower with three arms extending 75 feet on either side of the main structure. This tower was carefully planned and designed for high volume and heavy use by all forms of communications equipment.
With an overall elevation of 920 feet (the ground elevation begins at 520 feet), combined with its strategic positioning, the Alpine Tower is ideally sited for most communications applications. This tower, at less than 50% of the structures height, has a direct line of sight to all of Manhattan's skyline.
The Alpine Tower is a prominent LARGE tower with MANY antennas on it near Alpine, NJ. Sorry, we did not get a picture of it, but it was BIG, RED and White, and had the most antennas I have ever seen on a single tower with SIX arms extending from the central tower. I put a web link to information about the tower above and you can CLICK HERE for that page to see it. ( I found the links not working when doing my web site maintenance on September 28, 2008. I did a Google search and found the new web site links. I decided I should put in the table above to insure the information would be here in the future. )
This is near the north end of Manhattan Island. The George Washington
Bridge (I-95) is coming into view. The haze is more noticeable now that we are down
low and slow (110 MPH).
The picture below is captured from a frame of video that was taken with my
digital video camcorder. It shows the Henry Hudson toll bridge that connects
Manhattan Island to the mainland at the north end of the island.
This second captured video frame shows the area just south and east of the
George Washington bridge. I performed some post processing on it to minimize some of
the haze. Front Page compressed the file so the sky appears "blocky".
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