The Lawrence camera mounted in the A-Star helicopter.  The people at South Bay Helicopter were extremely helpful. Both doors had to be removed and the camera still hung out a bit.

 

 

 

Mark Walsh makes his last phone call before the flight.  We had to wear inflatable lifejackets because the flight was overwater and we had the doors removed.

I thought the 1000 foot fall would be enough to not worry about floating, but the pilot assured us it was going to help the Coast Guard locate our bodies.



 

On April 18th 2006, Mark who is the great grandson of George Lawrence and Ron Klein flew from the Hayward airport to San Francisco with the camera barely mounted to the helicopter.  As you can see in the top photo, the camera is setting on a foam pad and only held in place by Ron who sat in the backseat and a thin piece of Henry Jebe's kite line quickly strung to a floor cleat.  Mark held the battery controls and actually took the image when the pilot, Gary Shape thought the location was exactly right.  It was a thrill to see Mark re-enact the event. 

I'm sure the Mr. Lawrence would have used a helicopter if it had been available. We had a wonderful side trip, Gary made a tight buzz over the Trans-America building and we got a close look at people in the glass dome on top.  The slow circling with the door off gave Ron the feeling the camera was going to fall out so he didn't get a chance to wave much.  The fingernail marks in the top of the camera are part of it's history now.



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THE RESULTS

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YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT THE DETAIL.


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