New Orleans
October 4, 2003

I got invited to tag along on a trip to New Orleans in a twin. How could I refuse? It was about a three hour trip for some tasty gumbo and another page on the site.

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There were a lot of fires in the East Texas area that were contributing to the relatively poor visibility. They did help in guessing the winds, though.

This is the Atchafalaya River. I had to take a couple runs at pronouncing the name. Its kind of neat to see the differences in the layout, shape, and borders of the fields compared to wher eI usually fly.

We flew into New Orleans Lakefront airport and passed north of MSY on the way there.

This was a long bridge that cut straight across Lake Pontchartrain, Causeway Blvd.

A view of Causeway Blvd on the other side of the engine. The Mississippi River is in the background.

Famous(?) Lake Shore Park is apparently the marina for the N.O. side of the lake. Looks like a nice place to spend an afternoon.

Downtown New Orleans. The Superdome is on the right, the Mississipi River in the back, and a racetrack and fair grounds up front.

I'm not really sure what the function of this industrial facility is, but its BIG and its off the south side of Lakefront Airport.

There's a drawbridge for train tracks at the inlet of the Inner Harbor Navigation Channel. Neat.

On final for New Orleans Lakefront Airport.

We borrowed a courtesy car from GAC and they pointed us to Canal street. This is a shot at another drawbridge with the Channel in behind it.

The Acme Oyster House. A lineman at the FBO recommended this place and I would too. Pretty much everything on the menu looked good. All those people are in line to get in at 3PM.

Somebody put this sticker on the back window of the courtesy car. If I had to guess, I'd say it was those hoodlums from Randolph.

There was an election coming up and campaigners were literally on every street corner. We were stopped at a traffic light and somebody walked up to the car at started tossing flyers in the window.

The terminal at Lakefront. I bet this was a pretty cool place to be back in the '50s and '60s.

I just thought this was a neat shot of the engine and a contrail high above.

For having almost no legroom and only one switch and no buttons to play with, the back seat ain't that bad. I think I significantly contributed to an efficient CG as well.

Any guess on what kind of plane it was?