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Old 12th Oct 2012, 19:05
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Checker station wagon, 1960 Chevrolet hardtop, VW bug.
USA State which did not issue front number plates
Appalachian "Mountains" Probably not New England.
Mid-sized state since only thee letters and three numbers on plates.
[Virginia doesn't have front plates, but now has 3 letters plus 4-digit numbers.]

Hmmmmm
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Old 12th Oct 2012, 21:38
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A VW in the Appalachians? I'll try California. Late '60s judging by the Buick (?) on the right.

That helicopter looks like a civil version of the helicopters in the film Apollo 13 I watched last night, which makes it a Sikorsky S-61N, and as the letters on the side are SFO, it's one of those operated by San Francisco and Oakland Helicopter Airlines.

But the photo really doesn't look like KSFO or KOAK. So where else did SF&OHA serve?



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Old 12th Oct 2012, 22:13
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It is California, in the late sixties. Good eye for the automobiles. Note the Checker Marathon Aerobus.


A VW in the Appalachians? Don't forget Volkswagen had an assembly plant in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania from 1978 to 1988. I'm way, way off thread...

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Old 12th Oct 2012, 22:57
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How about Lafayette?

"1965
The year started with a decision the board of directors was soon to regret. It happened this way.

SFO Helicopters was engaged in the business of transporting passengers from various outlying areas to Bay Area airports. A stop in central Contra Costa had long been desired, and a suitable location was found just east of Lafayette's Hillside Motel. The necessary public hearing was scheduled.

In fairness to the LIA directors it should be explained that the matter was considered at the end of a long and busy evening. Several individuals pointed out the convenience of "copter" service. The noise factor was discussed, but since the normal flight path was to be over the nearby reservoir, no great problem was anticipated.

As instructed, the board's representative supported the application at the planning commission hearing, and the permit was subsequently granted by the board of supervisors. It was soon apparent that a "monster" had been created. The FAA-approved flight path was over the downtown area and close to residential Dolores Drive and Via Roble, whose residents were practically blasted out of their homes.

The Association promptly registered its disapproval and worked hard to get the offensive operation moved, but this took a considerable period of time.*

*In July 1966 the board of supervisors decreed a two-year phase-out. This initiated a desperate search for another suitable location. None could be found, however, and following the last flights to Lafayette on July 19, 1968, the operation moved to Buchanan Field. This was by no means as convenient for Central County users, so patronage declined below the level required for continued operation. SFO Helicopters ultimately went out of business, to the great regret of many regular air travelers."



Even further off-thread :- In 1977 I bought a new VW Scirocco in New Jersey. But after looking at the Westmoreland quality when I wanted to replace it 3 years later I went for a Made-in-Germany Audi.


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Old 12th Oct 2012, 23:01
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I had a VW bug n the late 1950s ... and I live in Maryland (east coast). My German-made model was before the large back window, but after the split back window. I Giggled Chevy model images and that is a 1960 Chevy.

OK on California. But those car license plates don't seem to have enough combinations to handle all the cars in California unless they reissued old numbers as soon as a car was scrapped..

The 'copter seems to be landing on a school's sports field.
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Old 13th Oct 2012, 17:39
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aerobelly is correct. The beautiful community of Lafayette, California.
You have control.
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Old 13th Oct 2012, 17:52
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Thank you evansb.

Here's the next challenge.
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Old 13th Oct 2012, 18:25
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Akron Ohio - open house if correct.
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Old 13th Oct 2012, 18:46
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That was quick! Albatross is correct, and has declared OH.


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Old 13th Oct 2012, 19:25
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How about this one -

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Old 15th Oct 2012, 11:44
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It's Military (Army).

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Old 15th Oct 2012, 18:41
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Are you sure that it's solely that?
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Old 15th Oct 2012, 19:08
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No, I don't think it's 'solely that.' Clues on request.
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Old 15th Oct 2012, 22:12
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It's a very odd peri-track. In fact I've been looking for car test tracks with internal runway. Few hangers or other infrastructure obvious either. Very private I'd say. It does remind me of Brooklands from a much earlier era.


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Old 16th Oct 2012, 09:48
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Are the buildings/industrial complexes below the 'airfield' connected to it in any respect?
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Old 16th Oct 2012, 11:37
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It is in the UK ?

Any other clues ?
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Old 16th Oct 2012, 11:51
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The buildings below aren't associated with the airfield but the ones top left are.
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Old 16th Oct 2012, 11:56
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Not in the UK but the area adjacent sounds like it could be.
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Old 16th Oct 2012, 12:51
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Brittany??
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Old 16th Oct 2012, 13:13
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""Brittany??"

Bit further west.
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