The Connecticut River from the Air is a collection of extraordinary aerial images and an adventure chronicled by historian Jerry Roberts and photographed by Tom Walsh. The book provides an intimate perspective, exploring New England’s greatest river from Long Island Sound, where its waters mingle with the salty brine of the Atlantic Ocean, to its source 410 miles to the north, just yards from the Canadian border. Amazing and wonderful sights appear along the River that can only be seen and appreciated from small, low-flying aircraft. Beauty and wonder can be found in historic canals and bridges as well as twists and bends in the River, ship wrecks, rock formations, and even sand patterns on the River bottom. From naturally formed ox-bows to cornfield mazes, hidden valleys, quaint villages, industrial cities and sweeping vistas, these Wonders of the River are the true treasures of this amazing waterway and its surrounding landscapes.
Now Executive Director of the New England Air Museum, Jerry Roberts’ 30-year career as an exhibit designer, writer, documentarian, and museum executive has earned him a reputation as a storyteller able to engage the public in dynamic accounts of historical events and places with a very modern sensibility. He has served as Vice President in charge of Exhibits at the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum in New York City, Executive Director of Connecticut River Museum in Essex CT, and Battlefield Historian for the British Raid on Essex Project. He has designed and built over forty exhibits, has written or co-written several books and documentaries and has published dozens of newspaper and magazine articles. Roberts is an avid sailor and merchant marine master and has navigated the eastern seaboard in small boats and historic vessels from The Gulf Coast to Nova Scotia. He lives overlooking the Connecticut River with his wife and two children.
When not flying wide body passenger jets around the globe for one of the worlds largest airlines, Captain Tom Walsh, a United States Marine Corps veteran, explores Americas landscape and waterways in his own small aircraft. His company, Shoreline Aerial Photography (www.shoreline-aerial.com) is commissioned by major corporations, government agencies, and individuals to document large scale construction projects, keep tabs on urbanization, and capture breathtaking views of private homes, vessels, and majestic scenes all over the country. He flies out of both Connecticut and Florida. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.