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18_16 SF-SL Truckee DOCILF /
Truckee Tahoe Airport

2 Locations

1st location

GPS: 39.352832, -120.130425

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Description of above photos
Foundation of Caretakers building. These are taken from the front side of the building. See page 12 of the Truckee Donner Historical Society June 2018, "Echoes From the Past", for photo of this building.
Very old concrete on the back side of the Caretakers building. It looks like some of it was paved over.
Looking towards the landing field from near the caretakers building.


2nd Location

GPS: 39.318931, -120.145126


Location / Airway

Location / Name

CALIFORNIA: Nevada County

1st Location:

Truckee, Department of Commerce Intermediate Landing Field, site No. 16 on the San Francisco-Salt Lake airway.
AKA 16B SF-SL Truckee

GPS: 39.352832, -120.130425

2nd Location:

Truckee Tahoe Airport

GPS: 39.318931, -120.145126


25. Truckee.-On the Southern Pacific near the point where Lake Tahoe Railway joins the Southern Pacific from the south. Two and a half miles to the northwest of the Truckee lies a very good summertime emergency landing field. All approaches are clear and a space available for landing 600 by 2,000 feet. A big boulder painted white stands on the northwest side of the field and beside it is a white wind indicator. This field is to be avoided in winter, as snow gathers on it to a frequent depth of 4 feet. Soon after passing Turckee the Sierras are crossed. On the direct course 10,000 feet will clear the highest peak. but an altitude of 15,000 feet should be maintained. The Southern Pacific Railroad tracks veer to the west and north and from here on to Sacramento are at a varying distance of 5 to 20 miles north and west of the course.

Night Airmail


Contract Air Mail

CAM #18 San Francisco CA-Chicago IL
San Francisco-Salt Lake Airway
San Francisco-Reno Section


Boeing Air Transport, awarded CAM #18 on January 29, 1927 (western portion of the Transcontinental Airway)


Observations and Notes


Contributors Photos



Truckee Donner Historical Society June 2018, "Echoes From the Past"

'Alien' Concrete Arrows, Beacons & Air Mail Service pages 3-14 has history and photos of the Truckee airfields.



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