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FedEx Upgrades At FAT  
User currently offlineWhatUsaid From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 667 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3133 times:

FedEx will begin operating 310's from Fresno tomorrow... Sorry to see the 727 vanish from the skies...

http://www.thebusinessjournal.com/tr...rcraft-to-arrive-at-fresno-airport

Now, if Fresno could upgrade its passenger service!

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User currently offlineTan Flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1909 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2931 times:

While this is a positive sign of economic growth ( and potential) of the Central Valley, I'll miss those occasional moprnings walking to the terminal to catch a flight and seeing that 72S come sliding into FAT and the sound of those JT8's.

I guess except for maybe a sub once in a while this is it..last 727 service to FAT.

Since I have lived in the area there was WA / DL 72S, UA 727 and 72S, AA 727 & 72S service at FAT. I guess earlier PSA had them also to FAT...and maybe Republic/ Hughes Air West???

Is this also a drawdown of 727 use by Fed-EX or just a shuffling of equipment?


User currently offlineWhatUsaid From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 667 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2802 times:

More 727 memories PSA, Air West, Hughes Air West, Pacific. I remember the first flight by Pacific's 727's out of Fresno. It was the beginning of the "big jet" era.

Looks as if tomorrow will have an A-300 coming in from DFW, with the 310 staring next week. According to the FedEx jumpseat website, we'll have both the 727 and the 300 on the ground tomorrow morning The new routing, btw, is SFO-FAT instead of OAK-FAT starting next week.


User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5815 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2663 times:

I'll miss the old 727s also. It wil be nice to see the 310 out there though.

FAT has come a long way from the days shown here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/81918828@N00/2156699433/sizes/l/



"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlineWhatUsaid From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 667 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

That's a great shot. Have you seen any pictures from the TWA days with the Connie? They used the gate 7 or 9, I think. I remember a sign at the gate and that's about all.

Note the empty parking lots. Makes you wonder if more than a handful of people used the airport each day.


User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5815 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2378 times:

Same photographer's collection has another with what looks like a Connie at the far side gates. But I do not remember the numbering when it was still open air walkways between gate areas, this doesn't look like 7 or 9.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/81918828@N00/2159178944/sizes/l/

A few other old shots he had from the Control Tower that I liked:

This takeoff with the mountains in the background
http://www.flickr.com/photos/81918828@N00/2157780684/sizes/l/

A shot toward the ANG base, I forgot the gate area at the end of concourse walkway was added later.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/81918828@N00/2156699447/sizes/l/

This one with downtown off on the the horizon
http://www.flickr.com/photos/81918828@N00/2159178926/sizes/l/

Two aerials of Chandler Field, the first includes the old Kearney Raceway
http://www.flickr.com/photos/81918828@N00/2277145885/sizes/l/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/81918828@N00/2277145877/sizes/l/

He talks about living in Fresno around Mayfair and Sunnyside. So he has a lot of old shots. This is the full pool of his stuff taken around the city before 1970. But you might end up like me and spend too much time looking at them all and getting no work done today.  
http://www.flickr.com/photos/81918828@N00/sets/72157603574663279/



"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5815 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

I almost forgot this one, its a shot of an old Air Guard Grumman Albatross on display at FAT, looks like its at an open house or air show. Maybe this was at an event to celebrate the new terminal in 1962?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/81918828@N00/3331979319/sizes/l/



"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlineFAT5DEP From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2287 times:

I'll miss seeing the 727 blast off to the west into the sun as I'm driving home on 41 and watching the last set of flaps come up! I'm watching the road, really I am.  

I like those Kearney Bowl shots. My wife's parents met there when my father-in-law was a crew chief back in the day.



Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
User currently offlineWhatUsaid From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 667 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2241 times:

Some great photographs. That Connie was huge.....makes the concourse look pretty small.

User currently offlineN747PE From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2041 times:

Got off work just intime to watch the cannon salute. I wish I had my camera. The Fire Dept. did a nice job aiming high so the arch cleared the tail. Made we long for the day/night when DHL flew in the B767. 

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