Lemmy
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Is There Really A Runway 29 At SFO?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 6:42 am

Looking at this picture of SFO, I noticed what looks like a temporary (and very narrow!) runway 29 to the right of 28R. I couldn't find anything on the airport diagram. What is this for? Is it still there?

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=sfo&ll...70&spn=0.010922,0.015128&t=k&hl=en
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timz
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RE: Runway 29 At SFO?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:40 am

Well sure nuff. I'll bet that hasn't appeared on the airport diagram in the past, either, but can't be sure. I sure don't remember ever hearing anybody cleared to take off from runway 29.

It's not on the Terraserver pic, which is dated Feb 2004.

[Edited 2005-04-08 00:46:05]
 
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RE: Is There Really A Runway 29 At SFO?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:51 am

It may have been a STOL runway... IAH use to have a taxiway east of 15R-33L designated as one for Twin Otters and other STOL aircraft. Since these aircraft have sort of fallen out of use, so have the runways...

Any idea how old the SFO photo on Google is?
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RE: Is There Really A Runway 29 At SFO?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 7:59 am

If you look at the other end of that runway 29, there is a 747 about to take off from it.

Could be taxiying, but be cooler to think it was trying a take off.
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RE: Is There Really A Runway 29 At SFO?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:00 am

I saw that too earlier this week.

I am told by some knowledgable people that 29 was a used by smaller jets while one of the 28's was getting re-paved or something. obviously no approches for that strip except the visual.
 
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RE: Is There Really A Runway 29 At SFO?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 9:36 am

"Any idea how old the SFO photo on Google is?"

Comparing it with the Terraserver view of Millbrae, less than a mile south of SFO, I'm guessing the Google pic is older.
 
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RE: Is There Really A Runway 29 At SFO?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 10:28 am

I looked up my house, which is not too far south of SFO, and the pic looks to be at least 2 or 3 years old. My house isn't even that color anymore.

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RE: Is There Really A Runway 29 At SFO?

Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:24 pm

Comparing it to the picture of ONT at the time, this is late 2002. The taxiway realignment is in it's early stages.
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RE: Is There Really A Runway 29 At SFO?

Thu Apr 21, 2005 10:40 am

29 was a temporary runway on taxiway Charlie, west of 28R. It was used
during day VMC for turboprop arrivals only.
 
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RE: Is There Really A Runway 29 At SFO?

Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:38 am

Thanks CWAFlyer! Sheesh, I was getting disappointed that nobody seemed to know anything about it.

When was this, and why did they need another runway? Construction on one of the 28's?
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