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    State of California


    SFO :

    1961 to 1970    




    Established January 1961, SFO started as a helicopter taxi service. On November 1963 was approved to provide services between San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, downtown San Francisco, downtown Oakland, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, and points to Marin and Contra Costa Counties. SFO was the first commercial helicopter airline to operate without a subsidy from the Federal Government. At the time, the Oakland -San Francisco route, a 10 miles distance, cost $ 8.50. In 1961 started operations with the S-62. The S-61 joined in 1965. SFO declared bankruptcy on August 1970.


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    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    1961/70San FranciscoKSFO
    1961/70Oakland IntlKOAK



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    Sikorsky S-61N
    Sikorsky S-62A





    San Francisco Oakland Airlines List of helicopters

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    C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
    61-222 S-61N 1964 N307Y : SFO Airlines 196?-1971; San Francisco Oakland Airlines
    New York Airways N307Y : Sikorsky S-61N-3; New York Airways, Sikorsky serial N307Y, 25Mar64; lsd TW+
    British International Helicopters G-BEIC : BIH Dec76-Jan93
    Brintel Helicopters G-BEIC : Brintel leasing Jan93-May94; Brintel Helicopters May94-Aug00;
    CHC Scotia G-BEIC : CHC Scotia Aug00-Nov01
    Canadian Helicopter Corporation C-GROV : CHC Nov01-Jan02
    : CHC Sep/Dec 2003, again Feb04-Jan06
    - YV-1033C : Venezuela Feb02-Aug03, lsd CHC
    Helijet International C-GBSF : Executive Transport Airways Ltd Jan06-Jun08; Helijet international Jun08-A+
    Coulson Aircrane C-GBSF : Coulson Apr10-May12
    EP Aviation N804AR : EP Aviation Jun12-Apr19; conv to S-61T ?
    : Afghanistan
    Croman Corp N804AR : Croman Corp at White City, OR from Apr19
    61-223 S-61N 1963 N317Y : San Francisco Oakland (SFO) Airlines Apr74-Nov76
    Sikorsky Helicopters N317Y : Sikorsky S-61N, c/n 61-223 ff?; del Sikorsky as N317Y unk.
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries JA9507 : del Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in kit form 1963; reassembled as Mitsubish+
    British Airways Helicopters G-BEID : sold UK as G-BEID, 24Nov76; engine fire warning, a/c ditched in North Sea,+
    - G-BEID : gone from Hanningfield Metals by May 1995. Scrapped ?
    M61-003 S-61L 1963 N317Y : SFO Airlines, USA ~1970-24nov76
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries JA9507 : Sikorsky S-61L, c/n 61-223 ff?; del Sikorsky as N317Y unk; del Mitsubishi +
    British International Helicopters G-BEID : BIH at Oxford from Nov76
    : w/o 18jul88 engine fire warning, a/c ditched in North Sea, all 21 occupan+
    62-001 s-62a 1958 N880 : SFO Airlines 18Nov63; substantialy damaged during power off auto-rotation +
    Sikorsky Helicopters N880 : Sikorsky S-62, c/n 62-001, ff 22May58; retained by Sikorsky as N880; modif+
    : pictured at Le Bourget, pre XXIIIe ''Salon International de l'Aéronautiqu+
    Carson Helicopters N880 : sold and rebuilt by Carson Helicopters, airworthiness certificate issued +
    62-006 s-62a 1959 N975 : SFO Airlines Jun61; dam in collision with car while taxying SFO Airport, 0+
    Sikorsky Helicopters N975 : Sikorsky S-62A c/n 62-006, ff?; registered Sikorsky as N975, 1960
    Court Helicopters ZS-HDJ : Court Helicopters, South Africa Jul71; w/o & stored Malan, 1975; reg canx +
    62-009 s-62a 1960 N978 : SFO Airlines 1961; San Francisco Oakland Airlines
    PHI Inc N978 : Petroleum Helicopters, May64; dam after engine failure and heavy lndg near+
    - N978 : canc Sep09