John Rachor, who previously served in the U.S. Navy Seabees in Vietnam, is now a Jackson County commissioner. He is an experienced fixed wing and helicopter pilot who has contributed to numerous regional search and rescue efforts. This flight was made on July 10, 2012, over Southern Oregon in his Aviat Husky A-1C bush plane. On board was photographer/videographer Randy Johnson, who was shooting still photography for use in a feature on the City of Rogue River and Wimer. That video, The City of Rogue River’s Centennial year, was released in on April 12, 2013, on YouTube.
Flying out of the Medford, Oregon, airport, Rachor flew at 50-85 mph at between 500 and 800 feet above the Rogue River, starting at Lower Table Rock. Heading west, the flight path was through Gold Hill, by Rock Point and Del Rio Vineyards, up along I-5 by the Valley of the Rogue State Park, and then over the City of Rogue River with its beautiful Depot St. Bridge. Rachor then headed north along East Evans Creek Road up to Wimer to capture the famed Wimer Covered Bridge, first built in 1892.
Turning 180 degrees, the plane headed south and followed Evans Creek as it meanders under the Minthorne Bridge and finally through Palmerton Park before emptying into the Rogue River just west of the Depot St. Bridge.
Correction: The Depot St. Bridge was completed in 2006, not in 2008 as stated in the narration.
Soundtrack: Eagle’s Flight, by Davey Dad, Pond5
Video ©2012 by Johnson ArtWorks
For information about still photos from this video, contact Randy Johnson