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 John Bernard Kjekstad

John Kjekstad from Røyken is New York´s uncrowned helicopter king. Kjekstad is the CEO and co-owner of the fastest growing helicopter company in New York. It was not planned when he went to the US to take helicopter tag early 1980s.

Every day carries Helicopter Flight Services 700 tourists on safari skyscraper of Manhattan. We employ only pilots with at least 2000 hours of experience. Airspace we fly in one of the world´s busiest, of the 23 full-time pilots, five is Norwegian.

He is married to Hilde Glendrange from Kristiansand. After all the years in the United States feel John, Hilde and sons Andrew and Nicholas feel they are Norwegians. Every summer, they go back to Norway on summer vacation.

Both Paul McCartney, Donna Karan and Harrison Ford are on the customer list to John.

Helicopter Flight Services helicopter sightseeing tours provide you with a bird´s eye view of Manhattan and the surrounding area in comfort and style. Marvel at the splendid architecture of the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building and more as you travel down the Hudson River to the New York Harbor and the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum. See the George Washington and Verrazano bridges that keep Manhattan connected.

Delight in flying by New York´s historic landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Greenwich Village, South Street Seaport and the 120 year old Brooklyn Bridge. Baseball fans can even cheer the Yankees on from above! With three tour options to choose from this unique adventure is a must have for your memorable visit to New York City.

The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in the middle of New York Harbor, in Manhattan. The statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor and dedicated on October 28, 1886, was a gift to the United States from the people of France.

The statue is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States: a welcoming signal to immigrants arriving from abroad.

Historical records make no mention of the source of the copper used in The Statue of Liberty.

The solution to one of the Statue of Liberty´s last remaining mysteries, the source of her copper skin, has been found at the end of a trail that leads to 1 Commupaw Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey from a defunet copper mine on a Norwegian Island in the North Sea.

It has been widely rumored that the copper used in the building of the Statue came from Visnes Coppermine in Karmøy. Copper from the statue was analyzed, and it has now been confirmed that it was indeed extracted in Norway. The missing link in the history of the statue´s mystery is solved.

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