FROM ABOVE // Fort Wayne, Indiana

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A rare opportunity got handed my way last week; a joyride in a handcrafted aircraft. Aviator Patrick Borton and his wife Lisa are regulars at the bar I work at. One evening after dinner Patrick mused about taking me up to take some pictures, I giddily accepted.

That was last winter.

We waited for warmer breezes to bring leaves back to the trees. Driving up to a private airstrip, we left early in the morning, hoping for bright blue clear skies. We rolled up to the cornfield, ready for the day after a breakfast consisting solely of coffee and anticipation.

 The hand built "EXPERIMENTAL N751PT"

The hand built "EXPERIMENTAL N751PT"

We prepared the bird for takeoff. Fueling up, strapping ourselves in, headsets on. Patrick turned to me and pointed at a plaque warning me that this didn't adhere to all the required regulations. He assured me that we might be perfectly fine.

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 IPFW

IPFW

 Fort Wayne. Indiana

Fort Wayne. Indiana

 Chasing trains into the city

Chasing trains into the city

 One of the cities three rivers

One of the cities three rivers

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 Heading home

Heading home

The city looks so incredibly different at 1,800 ft. I can't wait to go again.

After doing a few loops around the city, we touched down at the International Airport and headed East towards Ohio. Originally, I had hoped to shoot a great deal of video and put it all to music but I suffered from a serious case of shaky cam. Next time!

Thanks for sharing and caring friends. If you want prints or are interested in using any of these photos drop me a line.



Adam Garland

West Central, 835 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, Indiana, The United States