Traffic Patrol Thanksgiving Eve

Way back when in the late 1980s as my aviation career was getting started I was flying reporters during am and pm traffic – traffic patrol. Thanksgiving eve was always exciting. The reporters were always all fired up for the evening flight. We flew a longer evening flight to cover all of the traffic. That was fun flying. There were three other aircraft flying traffic around the Baltimore belt…way and we all flew at different altitudes. I had the lowest assigned altitude. We all would look forward to Thanksgiving eve just for all of the excitement coming from the reporters onboard our aircraft. And of course accidents just added to the fun. There’d be four aircraft circling an accident. Fun, fun, fun flying traffic on Thanksgiving eve!

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