As a pilot, one of the things I’ve noticed is how different a place looks from the air.
This is all too obvious when I take Wickenburg residents on helicopter tours around the town. They look down at a place they may have been living for ten or more years and they ask me what they’re looking at. I point out the familiar landmarks — West Wickenburg Way, the High School, the Country Club, Safeway, Basha’s — and they get their bearings. Then they find their homes or schools or workplaces. It’s a lot of fun for them to get this new perspective of Wickenburg — and it’s a lot of fun for me to show it to them.
Yesterday, while flying around town, I had an opportuntity to snap a few photos of Wickenburg from the air. I thought I’d contribute some of them to the site’s Photo Tours area.
Here’s Downtown Wickenburg as seen from the south. You can clearly see the Hassayampa River, the buildings downtown, West Wickenburg Way, and highway 93. There’s even a train on the tracks going through town. Gold Rush Days are on and if you have sharp eyes, you can see the carnival down by the community center.
Downtown Wickenburg from the Air
This shot shows the golf course at Rancho de los Caballeros. Beyond it, you can see the High School and Middle School, West Plaza, Westpark, and the airport. Morton Field and Vista Royale are in the distance and you can get a glimpse of North Ranch and Congress at the top of the shot.
Rancho de los Caballeros and Beyond
Flying M Air will be offering $30 helicopter tours of downtown Wickenburg today. I hope a lot of the folks who live in town stop by the airport between noon and 3 PM to take advantage of this great deal for a bird’s eye view of Wickenburg.