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Sinclair Oil Pipeline Patrol Plane Markings

Post by regular122 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:46 pm

This is my first post to the forum. My Cessna 140 is a 1948 Model, purchased new in March 1949 by Sinclair Oil. Of its 8K hours, 6K of that was put on the plane from 1949 to 1956 by Sinclair Oil Pipeline Patrol. This plane was based out of Oklahoma. It flew all over the country and into Mexico on these missions.

My question is, does anyone have any information on how the Sinclair Pipeline Patrol planes were marked? The plane was originally in aluminum with Red Trim when purchased from what I can tell from the interior and the serial.

Any help would be appreciated as I would like to strip the plane back to aluminum and mark it in the Sinclair colors if I can find them. Thanks, Steve

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Re: Sinclair Oil Pipeline Patrol Plane Markings

Post by 2356 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:06 pm

I knew a Sinclair Patrol pilot who has passed away. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had flown your plane. I would contact the Arco Flight Department for that info.

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Re: Sinclair Oil Pipeline Patrol Plane Markings

Post by 8359 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:20 am

I was able to find an old photo of my bird by googling the original tail number, but that one photo is all I could find. Assume you've done that already.

I don't know anything about Sinclair to help there.

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Re: Sinclair Oil Pipeline Patrol Plane Markings

Post by 2356 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:44 pm

Sinclair was absorbed by Atlantic Richfield or ARCO.

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Re: Sinclair Oil Pipeline Patrol Plane Markings

Post by regular122 » Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:15 pm

2356 wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:06 pm
I knew a Sinclair Patrol pilot who has passed away. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had flown your plane. I would contact the Arco Flight Department for that info.
I was not aware of ARCO. Will try to look in that direction. What was your friend's last name? Maybe he is in the logbooks. Thanks, Steve

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Re: Sinclair Oil Pipeline Patrol Plane Markings

Post by 4004 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:34 am

Steve:

Since you weren't aware of ARCO, suggest you search for a Sinclair Oil signs and logo - also check Wikipedia for a complete history including transition to ARCO, etc. Some of us with a little age well remember their sign and I may have seen one lately in and old station.
For colors you probably can't go wrong using a paint color chart (Spruce) matching with green, red and white from their online signs - you might get creative and include their dinosaur logo image in your paint scheme - possibly on the doors or tail. Some of the vinyl lettering graphics people could probably make you one . Graphic computer apps can do unbelievable things. You would have something to talk about at fly ins considering the history of the aircraft. ARCO folks might appreciate a photo when completed. Just some thoughts!

One of our gurus will probably come on and answer your question as to what they look for - he flies over those "sticks" with wires on them! :D In my younger years, I rode with one of my mentors in the back seat of a cub with a mechanical pole counter clicker looking for cracked insulators, etc.

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Re: Sinclair Oil Pipeline Patrol Plane Markings

Post by 2356 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:04 am

The pilots name is Jack Hooper.

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