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Today we’re happy to announce the availability of historical flight data in and out of SFO for the years 2006 through 2018. That brings the total number of flights published to just under 4.9 million!
These data aren’t necessarily interesting in the moment. These data become interesting over time when there are a lot of them to corral in to unexpected patterns and the proverbial shape of the elephant. Their value comes from being able to look back and see things the then-present never imagined. The challenge when you want to look back at past data is often that no one thought it worthwhile to collect at the time or to give a safe and patient home where the future might find it in the…well, future.
There are between 4,000 to 5,000 medium to large airports in the world, in 2018. As of this writing about 300 are relevant – are “holding hands” – with the SFO Museum collection. As of today those airports and the countries they belong to have a home on the Mills Field website.