Aviation History of the San Fernando Valley

From 1910 until today, the San Fernando Valley has been witness to a wide range of aviation activity from dirigibles to wooden aircraft, to metal aircraft, to stealth technology, rocket engines and space vehicles.


People who came here to design, manufacture or purchase aircraft include Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Kelly Johnson, Ben Rich, Howard Hughes, Roscoe Turner, Wiley Post, Glenn Martin, Jack Northrop, William Boeing, Al Manasco, Harold Gatty, Laura Ingalls, Paul Mantz, Frank Hawks and many more.


Aircraft built in Burbank include the wooden Vegas, P-38, Constellation, U-2, SR-71, F-117 Stealth Fighter, some work on the F-22 Raptor and much more.


Today, nearly all traces of that history have been razed for 'progress', to our great historic loss. Our history now resides only in books, on web pages and in the memories of those who made it happen. We need to document this history before we lose it forever, particularly the secret projects at the Lockheed Skunk Works and other research and defense plants in the S.F. Valley.


If you have knowledge of aircraft or rocket design, production or other aviation history, please write it down or video tape it for preservation. If you have artifacts: photographs, films, books or anything else related, consider donating it to the aviation history group at the "Portal of the Folded Wings-Shrine To Aviation" in Burbank. It's our history and it should be preserved, presented and honored.


CLICK on an image below to see a large version or CLICK on the blue link to go the new page.


Charles W. Tolman ( tolman@uvic.ca ) has provided new information and photos from the early days of the Glendale_Aero_Program.


Saturday, June 07, 10am-2pm, QUEEN OF THE SKIES: THE LOCKHEED CONSTELLATION.  A revolutionary commercial propeller transport, the Lockheed Constellation burst on the aviation scene in the early 1940s. Unheralded for the most part due to wartime secrecy, it finally entered commercial service in 1946, and promptly set new standards for speed, range, reliability and passenger comfort. The "Connie," as it was affectionately known, pioneered new flight paths in many parts of the globe. Connies ultimately flew commercially for more than thirty years, and underwent countless modifications and upgrades during that time. They continued to be utilized by the military as well; in fact, Connies were involved in a number of endeavors that remain shrouded in secrecy to this day.  MEET AUTHOR CLAUDE LUISADA! Autobooks Aerobooks is located at 3524 W. Magnolia Blvd. in in beautiful Magnolia Park, Burbank.


Support "Heavenly Body"s desire to stay at Van Nuys Airport. They face raised hanger costs and eviction so their hanger space can go to some rich guys in a jet. Don't let them toss away our aviation history like they've already done here in Burbank. For them it's about money; for us it's about our history.

Speak your mind.


Posted May 29, 2007



Read about the "Aviation History of the San Fernando Valley"


Learn about the "Portal Of The Folded Wings-Shrine To Aviation" in Burbank, Calif.


Contact the Burbank Aviation Museum (818) 768-7881


Visit the Burbank Historical Society (818) 841-6333


Places you can go to see aviation related stuff.


Newspaper articles about our local aviation history


Other groups and individuals who support aviation heritage




Dominguez 1910 Air Meet First international airmeet in the U.S.


Griffith Park Air Drome (under construction)


L. C. Brand flying field Glendale, Calif. (under construction)


United Airport page United Airport Burbank, Calif.


Grand Central Terminal Glendale, Calif.

Glendale College Aviation Department


Origins of the Aeronautics Program at Glendale College, CA, Charles W. Tolman (tolman@uvic.ca)


Metropolitan Airport Van Nuys, Calif. (under construction)



Wilson airfield Burbank, Calif.


Lockheed Company Burbank, Calif. (under construction)


Birthplace of the Lockheed 'Skunk Works' (under construction)


Portal Of The Folded Wings-Shrine To Aviation Burbank, Calif.


San Fernando Valley maps


Willis Hawkins passes


Jack Reel passes


Pancho Barnes BBQ at Edwards AFB, Sept 25, 2004



Vintage Aeroplane Association of California, Inc


Flight Path Learning Center at LAX



P-38 crash in Burbank, 1943


Charlie Babb, World's Largest Exporter of Reconditioned Planes


Earhart statue re dedicated Dec. 16, 2003


"Burbank Airport in the Thirties", Dean Batchelor from "Air Trails"


Aero Market, Glendale, Ca


Aviation Pioneers Association


Charles Bausback and the 'Sky Room'.



Bobbi Trout, 1906-2003


Hangar # 14 at United Airport


Milo Burcham


Portal of the Folded Wings, 1924


Images from Mike Gunby


Arrigo Balboni, "The Flying Junkman"


Flying Tigers Line, Burbank


Amelia Earhart statue, North Hollywood



Lockheed Plant Layouts


Skunkworks Building # 371 demolition


Skunkworks Building # 360 demolition





Burbank railroads


Beanies Hobby Junction, Burbank, California


J. Ed Dickson, 'Woodbutcher'


Tony & Addies Hobby Lobby


Katherine M. Smith


Bendix speed races from Burbank to Cleveland


Northrop University Press, D. D. Hatfield collection


Cal Pierce


Ron Cuskelly's web site on Lockheed aircraft in Australia. Wonderful photos and history.


Famous Flyers Wall, Mission Inn, Riverside, CA


Aviation & Militaria Swapmeet Information

Adams Airport, North Hollywood, CA

Caddo Field, Van Nuys, CA


Lockheed P-38 visits Burbank April 2004


National P-38 Convention, May 12-16, 2004


"Portal of the Folded Wings-Shrine To Aviation" rededicated December 17, 2003


Centennial of Powered Flight Project


Charlie Taylor, Wright brothers mechanic


Centennial of Aviation Event in Burbank, Nov. 12, 2003


Open House at Burbank airport, May 31, 2003

73ed Anniversary of Burbank Airport, Mar 13, 2003




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Aviation History of the San Fernando Valley