A Flight Simulator Odyssey

by Charles Gulick

Manhattan Bridge Caper 1

Chart: New York
En Route Coordinates:
   Aircraft: N17056, E20996
   Tower: --
   Aircraft: 75
   Tower: --
Heading: 278
Time: Daylight

The idea here is to fly between the roadway and the suspension girders, not over them. You'll have to immediately back off on your power and get down a bit lower. Don't get too low, however--you'll be in the East River or fly smack into the cars tooling across Manhattan Bridge. Once safely past the bridge, put on some power again in a hurry, or you'll still wind up wet. Your pass-through point is just to the right of the center of the structure.

This magnificent bridge, completed in 1909, has a main suspension span of 1470 feet, and carries eight railroad tracks and two footpaths in addition to its roadway.

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