George Schneider and I decided that we needed some pictures of a Robinson
taken in the air around Boston. I know George from when I instructed at
Langwell Helicopters. I used to instruct in N2285Z, an orange R22 Beta.
So one day George grabbed N2285Z, and I grabbed my Robinson and a
photographer (Mike Shiwota), and we went and took some pictures.
Most of these pictures have nice shots of Boston, but the helicopter is
hard to see. George and others thought it might be nice to actually get
to see some closeups of the helicopter
Taking off from Nashua Street
We met at the Nashua Street helipad to discuss formation flight tactics,
and how we wanted to proceed around the city. Here's George lifting off
from Nashua Street:
The helipad is built right on the edge of the Charles River, which is the
water that you see in the foreground.
Crossing the Charles
George performed his takeoff across the Charles in order to gain some
altitude before turning on course. There's a bridge right next to the
helipad which crosses the Charles right at the Museum of Science.
Climbout by the Museum of Science
Here you can see the Museum of Science, with the Charles River in the
background. The land you see on the upper left corner of the picture
is in Boston, while the land on the right side of the picture is in
Cambridge. The bridge just barely showing at the top of the picture
is the B.U. Bridge.
The Hancock and Prudential Buildings
In this photograph, the camera is over the Charles, shooting south. You
can see George between the Hancock Building on the left, and the Prudential
Building on the right.
And here is a closeup of the Prudential Building:
The Back Bay
In this photograph, George is right in front of the new Hancock building.
The old Hancock building is the taller of the two buildings slightly
behind and below his tailrotor. The low section of buildings in the foreground
are all in the Back Bay, which is all built on landfill.
The Christian Science Church
It just happened that we got a shot of this church. The tall, modern white
stone building with the satellite dishes on the roof, as well as the domed
building, and the building in front of the domed building, are all part of
the Christian Scientist Church in Boston. Barely visible in this photograph,
unfortunately, is the reflecting pool, which is quite striking. The
Christian Scientist Monitor newspaper and radio programs are produced here.
South Boston and the Harbor
This final picture is looking southeast over the harbor toward Hull. If we
could see further in this direction, we'd be looking at Hyannis, and the
base of Cape Cod.
paul at copters.com
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