Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Rockford Files - EPISODE: GUILT (1979) Ending Airport Scene - Which airport is it??? ANSWER: It's an abandoned part of Long Beach Naval Base

 
Thanks to the below viewer who identified this filming location:
APS221 said...
It's an abandoned part of Long Beach Naval Base. In the image with the explosion, you can read DATC (Development and Training Center) DET LBEACH - FMAG (Fleet Maintenance Assistance Group).
 
ABOVE IMAGE: Jim Rockford & his car is being chased by a helicopter. The scene takes place at an airport. The airport in this scene is surrounded by a fenced off area which contains abandoned residential homes, commercial property and these large airplane hanger type buildings.
In the background of this photo you can see a distinctive looking vehicle bridge.
It appears that the area around this airport was condemned due to either airport expansion or noise abatement in the late 1970's.  
 
ABOVE PHOTO: The markings on this building should help us identify the location of this airport.

Based on the "LBeach" portion of these wall markings, I am guessing the Long Beach Airport.....
 
ABOVE IMAGE: This is the helicopter that was chasing Jim Rockford. Its tail number is: N59613.

7 comments:

mozilla said...

It's the old Navy yard at Long Beach. They had a small airport there and it appears they are on the old grounds of that airstrip.

Bill Anderson said...

The first shot does look like it has the Vincent Thomas bridge in the background...

James Rockford said...

Thanks!!!!

mozilla said...

The hangers that are used in the shot were for the sea plains. I believe their ramp was a small distance from the hangers.

Yes, that is the V. Thomas bridge. Which was used quite often in shots near Long Beach. A few more episodes were filmed in LB.

Jamie Shields said...

speaking of other episodes shot in Long Beach, does anyone remember a car chase that took place in the area before the Long Beach Convention Center expanded in the 1970's (i think)? maybe this is the wrong place to ask this question...? if so, my apologies

TheRockfordFiles said...

Jamie Shields - The comment field is the right place to ask questions.

Do you mean a car chase scene from the Rockford Files?

Let me know.

APS221 said...

It's an abandoned part of Long Beach Naval Base. In the image with the explosion, you can read DATC (Development and Training Center) DET LBEACH - FMAG (Fleet Maintenance Assistance Group).