Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1900 posts, RR: 7 Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7331 times:
That picture was taken in the early 70's. I lived in Modesto and flew in and out of SCK on a regular basis in 1974 - 1976. By that time, PSA had adopted the "Grinning bird paint livery," which they kept until being acquired by USAir. That 737 is in the delivery colors. In 1974, PSA flew to SAN, ONT, LAX, BUR, LGB, FAT, SCK, SJC, OAK, SFO, SMF. My guess would be FAT, or SCK.
Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 7891 posts, RR: 27 Reply 12, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7221 times:
My money's not on SCK - from the ramp areas on the west side of the field, any houses or trees would be much further in the distance. Then again, there's not much to go on so could be literally anywhere. How about a charter to MCE??
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Cytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 565 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7077 times:
I tend to think it isn't FAT, because the only direction I could imagine this being taken is northeast (with Clovis Ave. beyond the embankment). The sunlight would then time the photo in the evening, when it is unlikely to see clouds and puddles (July is hot and horribly dry). Plus, the foothills would probably have been visible in any shot taken towards the north.
Of course, I'm hardly an early 70's expert, I lived in the Fresno area from 2005-2008.
PSA727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 974 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6190 times:
My guess would be SMF, followed by SCK. I don't think it's FAT because the vegetation around that airport is kind of dry. It's not SNA because PSA never flew there before Deregulation, and PSA never served BFL.
Jamake1 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 928 posts, RR: 2 Reply 24, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2678 times:
I am placing my bets on SJC. There was nothing around SMF but flat farm fields back in those days. The area behind the aircraft looks too developed and the vegetation too over grown to be SMF. SJC is my guess and I'm sticking to it...
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25 Aaron747: Impossible, even in the 60s SJC had GA facilities on the opposite side of Terminal C and there's nothing on the other side of that field. Also the Sa
26 Timz: Main problem with the SJC theory: could it possibly be smoggy enough to blot out the ridge to the SW? But SMF doesn't look that great either, tho we m
27 Brick: Easy, the uploader didn't take the photo. Maybe they got it in a trade, picked it up at auction, or inherited it from someone.
28 Arffguy: Could even be KSAC, Sacramento Executive. Airlines would divert here until airport management lowered the weight limit to keep them out. That's what t