FLYING IN AN ULTRALIGHT AIRCRAFT ABOVE LOS ANGELES
The Quicksilver ultralight aircraft outside of it's hangar at Torrance Airport
This unique and fun to fly FAA certified airplane will take off and land in only a few hundred feet. The maximum weight is 1000 pounds, it carries 16 gallons of fuel and has a range of 300 miles. It is equipped with standard flight and engine instruments, including a transponder and radio.
Flight school instructor Jon Thornburgh checking the Bombardier engine before take-off from Zamperini Field, named after the Torrance Tornado, who finished eighth' at 5000-meters race of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHYBut there's another story about Zamperini who became the biographical war drama movie Unbroken directed by Angelina Jolie: During World War II Lou's B-24 bomber fell into see near Palmyra Island, he survived and was rescued by the Japanese after drifting 47 days in a life raft, off the Marshall Islands.
View from the cockpit towards Long Beach just after we reached height
Panoramic view of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the Pacific coastline
In the south of Los Angeles above King Harbor Marina at Redondo Beach
Panoramic view on the refinery south of El Segundo and LAX International Airport, an air-hub along the Pacific Rim formerly known as Mines Field.
Jon Thornburgh, a former Delta Airlines pilot who flew fighter planes in Vietnam, behind me doing all the work while i'm doing aerial photography.
Intersection of Imperial Highway and San Diego Freeway in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES HARBORAbove San Pedro looking over Los Angeles Harbor's container terminals
Above the S.S. Lane Victory, a cruise ship and Vincent Thomas Bridge
The giant passenger liner is turning with pump-jet in the harbour basin.
LONG BEACHPanoramic view on the L.A. River, Long Beach and the Marina Park
Since 1967 luxury liner Queen Mary permanently moored in Long Beach