It is always fun to take the small plane between the islands. It gives you a unique perspective of where you live. This is a view of the road just north of the airport that runs west to Fleming Point. We traveled this road when we went to South Coke Dump.
This is the communications center, and the Voice of America, that broadcasts to Asia. You can get a better perspective of how high the towers are, and how high off the ground the worker was who was suspended between the towers!
This is an areal view of the atomic bomb pits and Japanese buildings. In the center is Runway Able, where the Enola Gay took off from to deliver the atomic bombs to Japan. To the left is an old Japanese runway and buildings; and to the upper left is where the two bomb pits are, where Fat Man and Little Boy were loaded.
This is the north point of the island. You can see the road Terri and I traveled recently. We had seen the road from the air before, and noted that it did not show up on any maps.
This is the west coast of Saipan, where most of the hotels and businesses are located.
You can see how built-up the area is, compared to Tinian.
This is the southern edge of Saipan. You can see the beautiful golf course along the ocean. One of the new casinos planned for Tinian has a golf course designed as part of its over-all plan.
Saipan has a very high peak, and very steep roads, unlike Tinian, which is relatively flat (unless you are walking them...)
On our return, you can see the east coast of Tinian. Most of the east side of the island is one long cliffline. Jim Bell is still on the island attempting to swim around Tinian. He has swum about 2/3 of the way. The last area he has to complete is this long eastern cliffside. The problem, of course, is that there is no place to stop and rest when swimming along this side of Tinian-- it is all steep cliffs. But he is determined, so it is just a matter of time!
This morning I discovered a group of birds kept by someone--chickens and pigeons. As he was feeding them, they were flying about his head like a tornado!
They are building a new addition on top of SN-5.
The road builders continue to create new catch-basins for run-off water . This one is by the Elementary School.