Editor’s note: This is the latest installment in our weekly series called simply the “Friday Photo.” Each week we’ll share a great photo taken from the cockpit – one that shares the joy, beauty or fun of flying. If you’d like to join in, send your photo and description (using the format below) to: email@example.com
The view: Mt. Whitney
The pilot: Bill Custer
The airplane: Piper Cheyenne II
The mission: Returning to base after a medevac drop at Lancaster (WJF)
The memory: We delivered a patient home to Lancaster, CA, and were making our way back to base in Reno. One of our occasional call outs in the middle of the night, in bad weather, is Lone Pine Airport (O26), sitting in the valley at 3710 feet. It’s less than 20 miles from the highest peak in the continental USA – Mt. Whitney at 14,491 feet. You can see the summit building on the peak. The westerly winds make the valley below a challenging place to fly at times.