We continued our tour of the Royal Gardens in Madrid as we waited to “cross the pond” in our F-4G.
Our jet was soon repaired but the other jet was “hard broke,” and the crew returned to their base.
So we ended up being drug across the Atlantic with our own “personal” KC-135 tanker all to ourselves.
These are the towers of the Almudena Cathedral, first planned in the 16th century and finished in 1993.
This is the “Palacio de Comunicaciones” or the Central Post Office of Madrid.
A statue of a cart pulled by lions in the “Plaza de Cibeles” in front of the “Palacio de Comunicaciones” in Madrid.
This is the “Plaza Colon and Columbus Monument” in honor of Christopher Columbus.
The “Plaza Colon and Columbus Monument” taken from the other side of the plaza.
Downtown Madrid was a busy and thriving city when we visited in December of 1983.
A fountain points upward to the distinctive domed building called the “Metropolis Building.”
In Madrid we visited the world famous Prado Museum and Art Gallery with one of Europe’s finest collections – but I don’t have a picture of it to show you.
This was another “city walking tour” and we covered a lot of ground over two days.
At the end of this street is the “Plaza de la Independencia” Monument in Madrid.
From this overview I took a few photos of Madrid as it extended out towards the horizon.
Madrid seemed to have a very relaxed atmosphere and didn’t actually “come alive” until later in the evening when people enjoyed the cooler temperatures.
Downtown plazas in the evening were full of people strolling in a relaxed setting and enjoying all that Madrid had to offer.
Not far from the Prado Museum was the Retiro Park or “El Parque de Retiro” which is one of Madrid’s favorite parks for strolling.
In the 17th century, Retiro Park was for the exclusive use of Spain’s Royal Family – this is the “Monument to Alfonso XII.”
The park has a peaceful lake and is full of statues, fountains and monuments.
Other names for the park are “Jardines del Buen Retiro” or “Parque del Buen Retiro.”
These two names translate to “Gardens” or “Park of the Pleasant Retreat”
This is the “Palacio de Cristal” a glass pavilion said to be inspired by the Crystal Palace in London.
After this relaxing stroll in the Retiro Park, it was time to finally fly our F-4G across the Atlantic Ocean with the help of a KC-135 tanker.
I’m ready to go at Torrejon Air Base standing by our F-4G, wearing my “anti-exposure suit” under my flight suit, red “Warhawk” turtleneck and blue “Fighting Hawks” name tag – still waiting on my new Warhawk name tags to arrive.