May 7, 2020

Day T-3

Putting tRusty to final test before our departure, I have decided to take it up over NYC Class Bravo. The initial idea was to photograph the Jet Blue essential workers salute that was scheduled for 7pm.

It was also an opportunity to photograph the major NYC airports, as they are offering a unique view due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While at 8,000 feet – flying solo required extra buffer of error – heavens granted me a moment of beautiful sunlight over JFK. As usual in those situations – it lasted maybe 2-3 minutes, while the strong upper wind and cold air (-6 degrees C / 20 degrees F) complicated the task. On the below track, you can see me circling several times over JFK, with altitude varying between 7,500 and 8,500 feet.

After that, I have also visited La Guardia. Even quieter than JFK.

Unfortunately I was already geared for the JetBlue feature and therefore I haven’t had my sharpest lenses on.
The effect is, however, satisfactory.

Dormant JFK

JFK airport during COVID-19 crisis (May 7, 2010)

And even more empty (yet less exciting) LGA

LGA airport during COVID-19 crisis (May 7, 2010)

And, since I already have your attention — here's the JetBlue stunt (yawn!)

Flight Path

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