Archive for the ‘aircraft’ Category

Mystery Drone Hovering Hundreds of Feet Over Civic Center – This is What Drone Bros Do for Weekend Fun?

Monday, March 5th, 2018

If I had to guess, I’d say 300-something feet:

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What the point of this – I know not…

What Biplanes Looked Like in the 1930’s – A Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing Over the Golden Gate – The “Private Jet” of Its Day

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Negative stagger plus retractable gear equals a moderne look, non?

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The Crowded Skies Over the Golden Gate Bridge – Lots of Joyriders Up There – One Of These Days…

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

The float plane on the left is always up there, like multiple times a day, but the other plane, which is at the same altitude and has the same heading, had to turn away shortly before:

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I guess the last problem we had over / under the bridge aviation-wise was when a chopper lost power and had to inflate its pontoon balloons and auto-rotate onto the waters of the Gate, and then get tow from a Coast Guard boat.

Anyway, we’re a magnet for joyriders is what I’m saying…

Flight EK226: Flying from American Airspace to Iranian Airspace in About 12 Hours – As Seen Climbing Out of SFO

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Just saying.

This big old Airbus A380, which never really worked as an airliner design, regularly flies betwixt San Francisco and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Which is NBD, but the only way this beastly bird can make the trip is a polar route and that means Iran’s gotta give the OK NTTAWWT:

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Which, as stated, is NBD but given the history, who knows how long this will last.

And actually, this is an extra heavy A380, the better to fly farther, but even so, it can barely make this trip. So there would have to be changes if Iran ever decided to not allow Emirates flyover rights. I suppose a smaller more efficient jet could be used on a longer route or perhaps nonstop flights bewtwixt Frisco and the UAE would come to an end…

Funston, Bitches: Area Aeronaut Couldn’t Be More Chill

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

As seen from Fort Funston, GGNRA:


FTDK: A Forked-Tailed Doctor Killer Above Frisco, 58 Years After The Day The Music Died

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

That was the old name for this Beech Bonanza 35 seen flying over the 94117.

That was in reference to the type of flier it attracted, due to its appearance, its “ramp appeal.”

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They don’t make them anymore, but newer versions of the FTDK include the Icon A5 and the Cirrus SR22.

Some feel


The Queen of the Skies Says Good-Bye to Frisco, America – No More Boeing 747 Flights from Domestic Carriers as of November 7th 2017

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Read all about it.

As seen from Lincoln Park…

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And Lafayette:

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You might still see some remaining fuel-hungry 747’s from a few foreign carriers, from the military, like Air Force One, and there will be cargo flights for a good long time, but passenger service has pretty much died out in 2017.

United Airlines’s SFO hub has been the last holdout…

Double Seven: Yesterday’s Blue Angels Show had Twin #7 Jets Performing – Photos from the Toll Plaza Area

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Being atop an old gun battery just west of the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza isn’t the best place to see the Fleet Week airshow, and it’s not exactly easy to get to, owing to jammed traffic, but it’s where I ended up. Here are some photos from Friday practice day.

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Two of things are not like the others/ Two of these thing just don’t belong. Can you see?

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That’s right, there are two two-seaters in there. Like this:

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And this. There’s no flying required back there, so why not just put your arms out.

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Most are single-seaters:

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Oh look, two #7’s

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I’m thinking Aquatic Park or the Marina Green would be better places to be.

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All right, c u later:

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Don’t Try Flying Under Our Golden Gate Bridge with an Airplane, But with a Chopper, Well BE MY GUEST

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Because, apparently, all the reasons why airplanes aren’t allowed to horse around with the GGB have ZERO APPLICATION to helicopters. See?

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For Some Reason, About 10% of the USAF’s Remaining KC-10 EXTENDER Aerial Refueling Tankers Flew Over the Golden Gate Bridge Yesterday

Monday, August 28th, 2017

One after the other.

Here’s one coming:

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And another one over the Golden Gate, this one, #60031:

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And another one leaving, passing over the Presidio, last seen heading east:

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I saw five myself.

The KC-10 has worked out all right considering the record of its civilian counterparts in the DC-10 / MD-11 family.

The Air Force considered retiring its fleet of KC-10 tankers in response to sequestration budget cuts as part of the service’s FY 2015 budget. A “vertical chop” to divest all KC-10s was suggested because there are fewer KC-10s than KC-135s, having three different tanker models in service (after the introduction of the KC-46) would be costly, and a “horizontal cut” across the refueling fleets would achieve small efficiencies.[20] Some believed retiring the KC-10 would not benefit the Air Force, given that it is equipped with both boom and hose-and-drogue refueling systems and the fleet’s relatively young age.[21] At first, officials claimed that the initial focus on retiring the KC-10 in September 2013 was a “trial balloon” to call attention to Air Force operating cost issues; as of early 2013, the KC-10 had a per hour flying cost of $21,170 and a mission capable rate of 87 percent.[22] A FY 2015 budget plan did not include cuts to the KC-10.[23]

Anyway, I’ve never seen anything like this.