Chris Mertz

Christopher Mertz

Chris Mertz, Army Specialist on leave from Fort Drum, visiting Ron and Shirl on the evening before the flight over NYC. Chris is Russell's stepson from mother Kris's former marriage.


Family Portrait

Family Portrait

Grandpa Ron and Grandma Shirley with Christopher after a great supper. Chris stayed overnight with "Unk" Henry. At breakfast at Tops Diner with Randy and Bobbi on January 7 Randy proposed taking him on a flight in his airplane before he returned to Fort Drum. Chris had time before his leave expired so he quickly agreed.


Christopher Mertz

Christopher's Flight
January 7, 2007

Chris and Randy at Albany Airport in front of Million Air hanger where the Commander is kept, prior to the flight with co-owner Don Vallee over New York City. (photos by Don)


New York City

New York City

Approaching Manhattan Island over the Hudson River with the George Washington Bridge in the foreground.


Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

A great photo of the Statue of Liberty from the air.


New York City

New York City

Manhattan Island on your right with the Empire State Building in the distance.


New York City

New York City

The circular building is Madison Square Garden which is built over the former Pennsylvania Railroad Terminal with the Empire State Building to the right. In the center left distance: the tall building with the spire is the Chrysler Building.


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Original: January 25, 2007.