These were taken shortly before I retired from American Airlines in the summer of 2010. We were flying back to San Jose from Dallas at 33,000 feet. It was such a nice day for flying that I just had to get some pictures of the crater. I can't count the number of times I had flown over this beautiful landmark. As pilots we tend to take these fantastic views for granted.
Just about 50,000 years ago an asteroid weighing several hundred thousand tons impacted the earth near what is now Winslow, Arizona. The resulting crater is more than 550 feet deep, has a circumference of nearly 2.5 miles and is just shy of one mile across.
Most of the time the crater is hard to find from the air as it hides in the myriad little shadows that the small cumulus clouds cast. It's only a few miles from Winslow, so if you can find that sleepy community the crater is findable.