Friday Photo: New Mexico badlands

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The view: the badlands of New Mexico near its border with Texas and Mexico.

The pilot: Fred Herman

The airplane: Cessna P210T “Silver Eagle,” a pressurized, turbine-engine C210

The mission: Repo to Santa Rosa, CA (STS)

The memory: A friend invited me to fly with him from Charlotte, NC, to Santa Rosa, CA, in a Silver Eagle that was being repositioned. Flying an amazing airplane like that across the country was truly an awesome experience, and I will never forget it. The American West is an amazing mosaic landscape of deserts, mountains, rock formations, and barren nothingness. Flying a cross-country trip over much of it was a personal dream of mine come true. At the time, I was still in training for my instrument rating, and this trip gave me an excellent dose of real-world flying experience.

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