December 9, 2006

Day 3:
Warren and I got up around 8am to a beautiful but cold Connecticut Morning. After a quick cab ride to the airport, we were pre-flighted and departing New Haven around 9:15am in the crisp 20 degree air.

We headed West along the coast towards New York City, and transitioned a VFR (Visual Flight Rules) corridor straight down the Hudson river, under the airspace for the big NYC airports. The corridor took us South through downtown NYC following the Hudson, right across a few of the main bridges and very close to the Statue of Liberty.

From NYC we headed south for Virginia, and stopped at Accomac Co. airport in Melfa, VA for fuel. Total flying time from New Haven to Melfa was 3.1 hours. I took this photo of Warren with the 170 shortly after filling the plane up with fuel.

From Melfa, we continued South and arrived at First Flight airport in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, where the Wright Brothers achieved their first manned powered flights in December 1903. The airport is set adjacent to the Wright Bros. Monument, which is set atop the hill where Orville and Wilbur launched their "Wright Flyer" from for many of their flight tests.

Warren snapped this shot (below) of me with the 170 with the Wright Bros. Monument in the background.

First Flight Airport and the Wright Monument, as seen from the air (Below.)

From Kill Devil Hills, we continued South along the Outer Banks, which turned out to be one of the most beautiful parts of our route today. (Below)

We are staying in Wilmington, North Carolina tonight, and will update with more photos and text from today's flight upon arrival at our destination tomorrow night. We have quite a bit of flying to do tomorrow, so Warren and I are going to get some sleep, instead of updating the blog all night (which, honestly, we could.)