Anyone here from the old gang at the Fremont (CA) airport?

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  1. IK04

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    I just finished reading and viewing the photos of what's left of the Fremont airport:

    http://www.airfields-freeman.com/CA/Airfields_CA_SanJose.htm#fremont

    It has always made me feel sad to know the airport was closed for "development" of a new industrial park or whatever and it still sits there now, abandoned and empty, 30 years later.

    The crazy things we did there, back when flying was fun because there were few rules...
     
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    A lot of history there.
     
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    I guess I just missed it. I started training at NUQ in summer of 86.
     
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    From what I have heard, a few of the real crazy ones still sneak in there at night, just for the thrill of it. I learned the "red light on a pole" approach and it completely reset my level of fear and judgement as a pilot. I'm sure it saved my life a few times in combat many years later....
     
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    Sad.

    Maybe someone should buy it up and make it back into an airport...
     
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    In 1991 when I was learning to fly at Palo Alto Airport, which is across the bay from Fremont, my instructor lamented the demise of Fremont Airport.
     
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    Nope. It's California. They'll find some kind of endangered flea or noise abatement code to prevent the land from being used for anything useful...
     
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    It sounds like that's exactly what happened, and why the land hasn't been developed. But if you can show that an airport wouldn't harm the flea...
     
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    Flea Lives Matter. :D
     
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    I was never based there, but used to fly into Fremont in the mid-sixties. Here's part of the 1966 San Francisco sectional. We've lost a lot of airports in the past fifty years.

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    Yep. When I first got checked out in a 172, I would take my friends around the entire Bat Area at night. It was an awesome flight on a clear night and it was always enjoyed by everyone aboard. We left RHV, flew over San Jose, Moffett Field, Palo Alto, San Carlos, SFO, Crissy Field (Presidio), The Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, NAS Alameda, Oakland, Hayward, Sky Sailing, Fremont (with a red light approach) and back to RHV.

    Sometimes we would jump in the car and drive up to San Francisco to go to the bar at the top of the Hyatt Regency Hotel (The Equinox, no longer there) and look out over the whole Bay Area and remember where we had just been in the airplane. It was a cheap date, but something few people get to do!