San diego jet charter

When my family migrated west in 1957, San Diego’s Lindbergh Field replaced Chicago-Midway and O’Hare as my airport domicile, providing new shooting opportunities: Bonanza Air Lines, PSA and Western Air Lines, along with more familiar carriers. These pictures are pretty much in chronological order. Click on them for a bigger image.

I began shooting pictures at SAN in 1958.   Above,  American DC-7B N365AA arrives in the late-day sun  on August 24. I would ride this same airplane from Chicago-Midway to Phoenix two years later. Below: On September 12, three American Flagships appear together, a bit of a rarity at this airport, especially to have three varieties lined up; from left, a DC-6, DC-6B and DC-7B. Many thanks to my good friend, Geoffrey Thomas, who arranged to have these two black-and-white pictures colorized for the occasion, by his talented friend, Benoit Vienne.

The airport’s open gates offered in-your-face photography, as evidenced by American’s DC-7 Flagship Virginia,  N311AA, as the pilot receives his departure clearance salute.

Chuck Leslie has been Pastor of Stewardship of the Rock Church since 2012 and has been the Pastoral Overseer of the Rock Academy since 2016. Prior to coming to the Rock, Mr. Leslie served as the Superintendent of Christian Unified Schools in El Cajon and before that the Director of Development at Santa Fe Christian Schools in Solana Beach. He has 24 years of Christian school administrative experience including a consulting practice that has provided strategic planning services to a variety of schools and other non-profits around the country.

Married to Carolyn Leslie since 1989, they have four grown boys who have are all the product of Christian Schools. He received a B.A. in Political Science with Honors of High Distinction from the University of California, San Diego. He received a Van Lunen Fellowship in Executive Management in Christian Schools from Calvin College, and is in the process of completing a Master’s in Education Leadership from Concordia University.

Mr. Leslie contends that there are few things more important than providing young people with a strong foundation that is based on the truth of God’s word. Beyond just offering strong college prep academics, he believes that Christian schools help students see the world through the lens of God’s love while helping them internalize Godly wisdom and Christian character.