Contemporary Photos of the 1964 Crash of Flying Tiger Flight #282

This is the Main Operations building of the United States Coast Guard Radar Station-San Bruno. The photo was taken probably in the 1940's. This facility became operational in June of 1943. The facility consisted of one 10kw Western Electric high frequency transmitter and one 1kw medium frequency transmitter. On 12 October 1972 the Coast Guard moved its communications facilities from this location to Point Reyes National Seashore.

Aerial view of Sweeney Ridge taken 26 October 1948. The Main Operations building of the United States Coast Guard Radar Station-San Bruno, is just off center to the right. Also visible are the two transmitting buildings, the San Francisco jail, and the location where the Lockheed Super Constellation L-1049H crashed about 16 years after this picture was taken. At the middle of the left side of this photo, is the Coast Guard enlisted men's barracks.


This is an aerial photo of the crash site. The view is of the east side of Sweeney Ridge, looking north. Visible are the two Coast Guard transmitting building and the many antenna masts which supported the wire antennas. The plane crashed on the east side of the ridge, and as you can see, debris was hurtled over the ridge to the west side of Sweeney Ridge. The right road fork of the Y intersection at the top right of the photo is the begining of the short road that leads to the Main Operations building of the United States Coast Guard Radar Station-San Bruno, as pictured above.

This is another aerial photo of the crash site. This view is of Sweeney Ridge, looking south. Visible are the two Coast Guard transmitting building. The plane crashed on the left side (east) of the photo, and as you can see, debris was hurtled over the ridge to the right side (west) of Sweeney Ridge.

This is a photo from the ridge top, looking northwest. The Pacific Ocean is in the background, and the 3 or 4 men are standing where plane debris hurtled over the ridge top.

Then

This is a photo of the crash site in 1964. The rectangular building is San Francisco jail #3 (Although the jail is owned and operated by the City and County of San Francisco, the jail is actually located in San Bruno, not in San Francisco). San Bruno Mountain is the mountain in the background. You can see an engine and a significant piece of the fuselage or tail of the plane. The wooden mast on the left side of the photo is a supprt for the Coast Guard antenna system

And Now

This is a photo of the crash site taken on 24 March 2007. San Francisco jail #3 has been closed and is scheduled for demolition. It has been replaced with San Francisco jail #7, which is partially visible behind jail #3. The crash site is now covered with lots of shrub, including a large amount of Poison Oak

Here is San Francisco jail #3 prior to the construction of jail #7



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This page created on 25 March 2007 by NEIL MISHALOV