Posts Tagged ‘yellow’

Attention Getter: “SUICIDE —>, SUICIDE —>”

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

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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.

Word On The Street: “HAN SHOT FIRST”

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

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What’s MARSEC (Maritime Security) LEVEL 1 at Our Ferry Building? Well, It’s Nothing Like DEFCON 1

Monday, May 8th, 2017

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Membership Has Its Privileges, I S’pose: PACK HTS Spotted in Pac Heights / Specific Whites

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Although the old school six-digit “PAC HTS” with wider digits would be even more better.

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Good-Bye Old School News Racks – Or Hello – Can’t Really Tell

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Most of this type of news rack were put out of business by the new-school green monster “pedmount” racks that became popular for some reason.

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Sometimes Good Enough is Good Enough

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Not sure why this yellow dashed line was necessary on this one block of Hayes, but here it is, in all its useless groovy waviness:

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Bro, Do You Even Lift? Well, Then Get On Out There to the Outer Sunset- It’s like an Outdoor Gym Out There

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

See?

As seen from Noriega, right next to Sunset:

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One searches and one finds a bit on Hoodline to explain the mystery.

Bad-Ass Metal Registration Tabs from the CA DMV: It’s Like Jewelry for Your Car! – A Mysterious Mystery

Monday, March 6th, 2017

I wondered about these tabs last year.

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And now I’m still a wondering…

The Smokiest Diesel School Bus in All Christendom: Michael’s Transportation Service of Vallejo, CA

Friday, January 20th, 2017

As seen in Frisco, and in the rain FWIW:

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