Bay Area From The Air

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I took out the Piper Archer for two straight days to give some friends aerial tours of San Francisco and the Bay Area. I took these photos over two consecutive days: May 27 and May 28, 2006. Both days I did what we call a “Bay Tour” which is just a big U-shaped tour over the Bay and coastline.

The Bay Tour goes something like this: take off out of Livermore, when Livermore tower hands me off, I tune the radio over to Oakland Center and request a bay tour. They know what that means–it’s a pretty common route. I punch in a transponder code and they keep an eye on me to warn me of nearby traffic. I fly along 680 then out over the hill along 24, over Berkeley, then a right turn over the Bay Bridge, over Treasure Island, then Alcatraz, then over the Golden Gate Bridge. From there it’s a U-turn to the left, hugging the coastline, and then into Half Moon Bay for lunch. I drool while I watch my friends drink beer which I’m not allowed to touch when flying, then back to the plane to do the reverse back to Livermore.

I’ve done many Bay Tours, but this is the first with my telephoto lens pointed out the window. Yes I flew and took the photos, but it’s really not that dangerous on a clear day with passengers spotting and a controller watching me on radar. Each photo is just a 5 second eyes off the sky snap with my 200mm lens sticking out the tiny pilot-side window on the Archer.

Bay Area From the Air: Windmills
Bay Area From the Air: Pitsburg Power Plant
Bay Area From the Air: Windmills
Bay Area From the Air: Windmills
Bay Area From the Air: The Delta
Bay Area From the Air
Bay Area From the Air: Suburbia
Bay Area From the Air: Mount Diablo Summit
Bay Area From the Air: San Ramon
Bay Area From the Air: San Ramon
Bay Area From the Air: AT&T, San Ramon
The Mothership Landed

The second largest cafeteria in the United States, part of AT&T's SRV complex in San Ramon, CA.

Bay Area From the Air: San Ramon
Bay Area From the Air: Lafayette Reservoir
Bay Area From the Air: Lawrence Hall of Science
Bay Area From the Air: UC Berkeley
Bay Area From the Air: Berkeley Marina
Bay Area From the Air: Treasure Island
Bay Area From the Air: Financial District
Bay Area From the Air: Golden Gate Bridge
Bay Area From the Air: Golden Gate Bridge
Bay Area From the Air: Golden Gate Bridge
Bay Area From the Air
Bay Area From the Air: Half Moon Bay
Bay Area From the Air: Golden Gate Bridge
Bay Area From the Air: Golden Gate Bridge
Bay Area From the Air: Fort Point
Bay Area From the Air: Telegraph Hill
Bay Area From the Air: Billionaires' Row
Bay Area From the Air: Congregation Emanu-El
Bay Area From the Air: Alcatraz
Bay Area From the Air: Alcatraz
Bay Area From the Air: Golden Gate Fields
Bay Area From the Air: Berkeley
Bay Area From the Air: UC Berkeley Memorial Statdium
Bay Area From the Air: Walnut Creek
Bay Area From the Air: Walnut Creek
Bay Area From the Air: Las Lomas High
Bay Area From the Air: Mount Diablo
Bay Area From the Air: Palace of Fine Arts
Bay Area From the Air: Golden Gate Bridge
Bay Area From the Air: Golden Gate Bridge
Bay Area From the Air: The Cliff House and Lands End
Bay Area From the Air: Golden Gate Bridge
Bay Area From the Air: Golden Gate Bridge
Bay Area From the Air: Alcatraz
Bay Area From the Air
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