I'm from Fair Oaks originally, but I'm in a flatter place now.
I assume by your time stamp that the a/c flew over sometime between 10:00 and 10:30, right? That'll narrow down most airliners - I'll check Monday night's schedule for OAK
, and SJC
for sure. Figure a departure window from 9:30 to 10:00. Can you describe the heading a little more? Was it following the 80 corridor or was it headed more northerly?
Okay - some results:
Nothing out of OAK
matches that profile
-RNO matches fairly well, in fact, despite the discussion of Southwest's non-use of wingtip flashers, the flight would fit your profile almost perfectly. Routing probably KSJC SUNOL6.SAC SAC.SIER3 KRNO.
Off the gate at 9:35 (assuming no delays), time off probably about 9:45, depart to the north, then a crossing restriction at SUNOL puts it about 8 minutes. 250kts to 10K after SUNOL another 3 minutes, then 9 minutes to SAC. Time over SAC roughly 10:05PM, then another 3 minutes to be over your position - 10:10 or so. By this time I think they'd be on descent. Cruise altitude would have to be FL
250, 270, 290, or 330. Unless they were light, I'd expect 270, which would put it in your envelope. I'd estimate the TOD with a planned crossing at 16,000 at HOBOA would be just about over eastern Sacramento - possibly use of the lights at that point?
Though many flights out of SFO
fit the description obviously none of them are WN
, and they're all to points father than RNO - but could still be on climbout at that point.
Of course, none of this speculation actually answers the original question, just a possibility. As you can see, you've piqued my curiosity.
the link to SJC
here are the requisite DP