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Sierra Pacific Airlines -early 60s Era

Tue Aug 02, 2005 1:11 am

Any a-netters out there with information about early 1960s era airlines? I would like any info available on a small airline that was based in Oakland called Sierra Pacific Airlines. If I remember correctly they flew Beech 18s. They later ran a flight school where I got my license.

Any info or leads would be greatly appreciated.
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RE: Sierra Pacific Airlines -early 60s Era

Tue Aug 02, 2005 2:02 am

I talked to a Sierra Pacific flight last week. It was a classic B737 running military charter from RIV to NKT.
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RE: Sierra Pacific Airlines -early 60s Era

Tue Aug 02, 2005 3:03 am

The current Sierra Pacific is a charter operator with two 737-100's based in Tucson, Arizona.
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RE: Sierra Pacific Airlines -early 60s Era

Tue Aug 02, 2005 7:19 am

are they 100s? Or 200s?
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RE: Sierra Pacific Airlines -early 60s Era

Tue Aug 02, 2005 7:31 am

they are -200's. All -100's are WFU.
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RE: Sierra Pacific Airlines -early 60s Era

Tue Aug 02, 2005 8:06 am

I was under contract to Sierra Pacific in the late 80s, flying charters and subservice on Convair 580s. I didn't think the company was quite that old (early '60s) but I could be wrong.

The 737s were after my time. Do they still use the 580s?
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RE: Sierra Pacific Airlines -early 60s Era

Tue Aug 02, 2005 10:05 am

The Sierra Pacific that I knew had Convairs or possibly Martins. I've seen postcards for sale by collectors on EBay of their acft. Mammoth Lakes ski flights from BUR sounds familier. Just a guess.

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RE: Sierra Pacific Airlines -early 60s Era

Tue Aug 02, 2005 10:28 am

The Sierra Pacific I know was based at OAK.
Flew Beech 18s.
Started service 11Nov1965 on the Oakland-Lake Tahoe-Reno route.
For a short time they had an interline agreement with Western Airlines.
Service however ended in 1966.

As far as I know, there is no connection with the carrier of the same name that was formed in 1972 at Burbank.
This airline actually began as Trans-Sierra Airlines (XS) in 1971 with a fleet of Piper Navajoes, Cessna 402s, and Convair 340s.
Trans-Sierra flew to Los Angeles, San Jose, Burbank, Bishop, and Mammoth.
After the reorganization in 1972, the new name (Sierra Pacific) brought with it a new code, SZ, and a revised network; San Jose was dropped, Fresno was added.
They were around til 1979 as a scheduled carrier...which can mean many things......
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