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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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See?

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See?

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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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Apparently…

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.

The Drone Bros of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA)

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Agin the rules this is:

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Sorry, Bros.

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Still, mad props for the state of drones these days, able to hover in like 30 MPH gusts – I thought it could have been a hawk at first.

Choose wisely, else you might get cited

ONLY IN MARIN: Mailboxes, Etc.

Monday, July 24th, 2017

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Hint: Radar.

Radar!

D-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d…
Don’t you know the men all pause
Yeah, just look at them
(Woof!)
The dog is coming out of them
A natural dog
Radar!
(Woof!)
Radar!

VIDEO: Helicopter flies UNDER the Golden Gate Bridge – (Don’t Try This in a Plane, or You Will Lose Your License)

Monday, July 17th, 2017

And, like I said before, I am surprised that this is allowed as a daily thing (weather permitting):

Surprising that Flying Under the Golden Gate Bridge is Allowed by the FAA, in This Day and Age

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

This is how it goes, every day, weather permitting, under our Golden Gate Bridge:

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You know, like this:

Or if there’s too much fog up high, I guess they’ll go under from west to east, thusly:

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It’s hard to tell, but the pilot is staying in the clear and just under a lot of fog

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And then off to wherever:

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To repeat, it’s Surprising that Flying Under the Golden Gate Bridge is Allowed by the FAA, in This Day and Age.

You know, safety and whatnot.

Air America, United Air – How This Tourist Plane Over Frisco Used to Work for the CIA as a Spy Plane a Half Century Ago

Friday, June 16th, 2017

As seen over western SF:

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The yellow floatplane, before it became a floatplane, used to operate out of Thailand as a part of the CIA-owned Air America, Inc a half-century ago.

See? It’s one of these:

“Six Beavers lined up at Udorn, probably in 1962 (UTD/Fink/ photo no. 1-JF25-16-PB1)”

Get all the deets right here:

AIR AMERICA: DE HAVILLAND CANADA DHC-2 (L-20) BEAVER by Dr. Joe F. Leeker Last updated on 4 March 2013

To wit:

“DHC-2 (L-20) L-202 833 1 March 62 leased from US Army 54-1693

Service history: arrived at Bangkok in crates on 15 February 62, to be operated under the Madriver Contract AF62(531)-1674, based at Vientiane, but maintained at Udorn (Minutes ExCom-AACL of 23 January 62, in: UTD/CIA/B7F1); assembled by Thai Airways according to contract no. BKK 62-001 (Memorandum dated 9 February 62, in: UTD/Fink/B2F16); officially received at Bangkok on 1 March 62 (Aircraft list of June 62, corrected to Sept.1963, in: UTD/Kirkpatrick/B1F1).

Fate: was to be returned to the US Army in October 62 (Minutes ExCom-AACL of 30 October 62, in: UTD/CIA/B7F1); returned on 21 April 63 (Aircraft list of June 62, corrected to Sept.1963, in: UTD/Kirkpatrick/B1F1); sold to R. N. Nelson Earth Movers as N5220G in March 92; sold to Kenmore Air Harbor Inc, Kenmore, WA, in 92; sold to San Francisco Seaplane Tours, Mill Valley, CA, on 13 July 94; current in March 2004 (request submitted to the FAA on 13 March 2004 at http://162.58.35.241/acdatabase/); current in November 2008 (request submitted to the FAA on 23 Nov. 2008 at http://162.58.35.241/acdatabase/).”

So there you have it. Head on up to the Sausalito / Marin City / Mill Valley area and take a ride on a piece of flying history, if you want.

How to Spend $3200 an Hour Above Frisco: Ride Along in this WWII-Era TF-51D Mustang Called “Toulouse Nuts”

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Get it – Two Loose Nuts?

As seen over our Presidio / Richmond District just yesterday:

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This was a WINGS OF FREEDOM FLIGHT EXPERIENCE from the Collings Foundation.

This was the flight path:

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Check the promotional video of a similar Mustang from the Collings Foundation – this could be you:

And here’s the other Mustang I’ve seen over town lately:

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As seen from Ocean Beach. (I don’t know anything about this airplane.)

All right, that’s your 415 Mustang Update for 2017…