May 23, 2010

Subway Series

I flew over the Yankees vs. Mets game on Saturday night as we provided the aerial coverage for Fox. It was my first time flying over the Mets' stadium, Citi Field. Overall a nice night for flying. Luckily we were able to beat the low clouds and rain that came it shortly after we landed for the night. We have one more game this week in New York and then its off to Chicago for the weekend!

May 18, 2010

Yankees Win!


I finally was able to fly my first baseball game above Yankee Stadium last night as I watched the Yanks beat the Red Sox in a come from behind win in the 9th. A really great game to be apart of and we had the best seats in the house. While I was up there, I took a few pictures of the stadium before and during the game. The bare concrete area next to Yankee Stadium is all that is left of the old Yankee Stadium. Also I took a few shots of the New York skyline and Central Park from our location above the Bronx. It was a fun night to be up in the blimp and the Yankee win was the icing on the cake.

May 8, 2010

Darlington Race


I flew my second Nascar Nationwide Race last night, the Royal Purple 200, in Darlington, South Carolina. A great night for racing under the lights at the track they say is, "The Track Too Tough to Tame." Its been really hot down here with highs during the day into the 90's, and it stayed warm up in the gondola all night. With a lack of air conditioning, we had the windows all open trying to get as much air flow as we could up there. Over all though it was a good show despite the heat.
I was able to take a few pictures and shoot some short videos while I was up there. You may notice the egg like shape of the track which makes it one of the more unique tracks on the Nascar schedule.
Tonight is our last Nascar race for a while as we begin covering baseball. Next stop on the tour, New York City.
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May 1, 2010

Front Page

We made the front page of The Progress-Index today, the local newspaper here in Petersburg, VA. Included in the article was a picture of me in the gondola. Its not often you pick up the paper and see yourself on the front page. Needless to say, it really made my day. Yet another really unique experience that goes with the job. If you'd like to read the article, it is online and can be found here.

My First NASCAR


I had the pleasure of flying the Nascar Nationwide Series race last night, the Bubba Burger 250, at Richmond International Raceway. It was my first Nascar event and was a lot of fun up there watching them race "under the lights."

The power of the race cars is amazing. You can actually feel it in the pedals of the ship when you are flying over the track as they pass. Also as you may be able to notice in the short video at the bottom, you can actually hear the roar of the engines over our two prop engines, even with our headsets on.

After the race, I encountered some serious headwinds on the way back to the airport last night, but over all it was a great night at the races.