The Air Affair

Flying the San Francisco Bay Area

Introduction Airspace Weather Airports Attractions Sights Destinations

Aerial Sightseeting

One of the most enjoyable aspects of flying in the Bay Area is the abundance of interesting sights to be seen. An aerial view gives a unique perspective to some of the Bay Area's most famous landmarks and attractions.

SF Vicinity and Central Bay

Sutro Tower: Standing 977 feet tall, this tower's unusual trident shape hosts transmitting antennea for several Bay Area television and radio stations, as well as other telecommunications services. Its location in the midst of a residential neighborhood has caused controversy since before the tower's completion in 1972.

Golden Gate Park:

Golden Gate Bridge:

Crissy Field: Crissy Army Airfield was established here in 1919, and served as a military airport through the 1970s. Many historic buildings have been preservied, and the area has been restored to its 1919 grass field configuration.

Alcatraz Island:

San Francisco waterfront: many historic landmarks can be seen along the San Francisco shoreline: skyscrapers of the financial district, the Ferry Building, Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Coit Tower, Ghirardelli Square, Aquatic Park, and the Palace of Fine Arts.

Downtown San Francisco:

Pacbell -> SBC -> AT&T Park: Home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, the park has the dubious distinction of having 3 names since opening on April 11, 2000.

Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge: Constructed at the same time as the Golden Gate Bridge, the "Bay Bridge" as it is known locally, is really three bridges: a steel truss bridge from Oakland to Yerba Buena Island, and two end-to-end suspension bridges from Yerba Buena to San Francisco. The replacement for the truss bridge is currently under construction.

Former Alameda Naval Air Station (NAS Alameda): from 1936 until 1997, NAS Alameda served as a major U.S. Navy repair and maintenance facility for Navy aircraft, including carrier-based aircraft. Since its closure in 1997, the base's long runways have been used as sets for films and television, and the large hangars have been used for soundstages and light industries.

University of California at Berkeley:

North Bay Vicinity

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

San Quentin Prison

Former Hamilton Army Airfield

Infineon Raceway

Mare Island

Six Flags Marine World

Carquinez Bridge

Benicia Bridge

National Reserve Fleet

Peninsula and South Bay Vicinity

Monster Park

Mt San Bruno

San Francisco Airport

Crystal Springs Reservoir

San Andreas Fault

Stanford Linear Accellerator (SLAC)

Stanford University

Moffett Field

Downtown San Jose

Lick Observatory