Showing posts with label Aviation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Aviation. Show all posts

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Naval Air Station

The Air Station was established in 1942 as Naval Air Station Santa Ana, a base for airship operations in support of the United States Navy's coastal patrol efforts during World War II. NAS Santa Ana was decommissioned in 1949.

In 1951, the facility was reactivated as Marine Corps Air Station Santa Ana to support the Korean War. It was the country's first air facility developed solely for helicopter operations. It was renamed Marine Corps Air Station Tustin in the early 1980s.

In 1993, the blimp hangars were designated National Civil Engineering Landmarks by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Operational closure of the base occurred in July 1999.

Hangar construction at LTA Base, 1943.

Hangar with 6 airships, LTA Base, 1940's.

Church and Airship, LTA Base, 1944.

Aerial view of the LTA Base, December 22, 1960.

LINK: More photos at the Orange County Public Library.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Vintage Airliners

National Airlines DC-8 at Miami International Airport
Florida, December 27, 1970.

Eastern Air Lines DC-8 at John F. Kennedy International
Airport - New York, May 28, 1972.

United Airlines Boeing 737 at Atlanta International
Airport - Georgia, August 11, 1976.

Republic Airlines Boeing 727 with original Hughes Air West
paint job at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Arizona, March 16, 1981.

USAir Boeing 727 at Los Angeles International Airport
California, February 19, 1988.

LINK: For more information on transportation visit George W. Hamlin on the Web.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

LA Airways

Los Angeles Airways (LAA) was a helicopter airline that was based in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles Airways offered services to area airports as well as Disneyland from Los Angeles International Airport.

Los Angeles Airways helicopter shown landing on the roof of Terminal Annex Postoffice yesterday to inaugurate helicopter air-mail service, the first of its kind in the United States. Two flights daily are planned on this run with another to start Oct. 16. Los Angeles Times Photo - October 2, 1947 (UCLA Archives)

Model of proposed "Los Angeles Airways" helicopter airbus with passenger carrying pod is inspected by Ann Orbeck. The city may get federal funds for a demonstration project to test the skybus between downtown and airport. Los Angeles Times Photo - April 4, 1965 (UCLA Archives)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Lackland AFB

Lackland Air Force Base is a base of the United States Air Force operated by the Air Education and Training Command (AETC). It is located in the western area of San Antonio, Texas.

Construction on Lackland Air Force Base began in 1941, and it was originally part of Kelly Field. One year later, it became an independent organization, the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center.

In 1948, the facility was named Lackland AFB after Brigadier General Frank Lackland.

Greetings from Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonia, Texas - The Gateway to the Air Force.

Because thousands of young men report to Lackland Air Force Base as civilians and graduate as trained airmen, the base has become known as Gateway to the Air Force. The Base is also site of the Air Force's only Officer Candidate School.

This is Lackland Air Force Base, Texas - Martin B-61 "Matador" pilotless bomber - Located in the background is the "History and Traditions Classroom".

Air Force trainees return from parade by way of the Highway 13 overpass. The highway divides the base. Lackland AFB, the largest training center in the free world, is located nine miles southwest of downtown San Antonio.

Lackland AFB - Matador is one of the new type of Guided Missles, which denotes the newest phase of Air Research and development.

Link to Lackland Air Force Base website.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

LAX Revisited

Aerial view of Los Angeles Municipal Airport on Army Day, circa 1931 - Publication: Los Angeles Times - 1931.

The New Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport, 1961. The newly expanded airport will be in full operation by May 1. A restaurant, 75 ft. above ground in this building, is scheduled to open next Saturday. Above the restaurant is an observation deck - Publication: Los Angeles Times - January 8, 1961.

Esther F. Hall and granddaughter Erika watching 747 jumbo jetliner, on route to LAX, fly over their home in Los Angeles - Publication: Los Angeles Times - September 27, 1973.

Men and women flight attendants during their training in Los Angeles. The airlines are hiring stewards now, as well as stewardesses. These trainees are about to practice emergency evacuations - Publication: Los Angeles Times - December 11, 1972.

Five flight attendants modeling mod inspired and culturally influenced uniforms. Airlines are getting away from traditional stewardess uniforms as these girls attest: Jeanne Kendall, 21, American, Mary Anne Touhy, 22, Western, Junko Kawai, Japan, Sherron Goldizen, 22, Continental, and Bonnie Campbell, 20, American - Publication: Los Angeles Times - March 22, 1967.

LINK: Much more at the UCLA Archives

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pan Am Terminal

Pan American Airways was founded in 1927 as a scheduled air mail and passenger service operating between Florida (Key West, and later Miami) and Havana, Cuba.

Entrance to Pan American Airways Terminal Building, Miami, Florida.

Pan American Airways Terminal, Dinner Key, Coconut Grove, Florida.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Boeing Flying Boat

The Boeing 314 was a long-range flying boat produced by the Boeing Airplane Company between 1938 and 1941. One of the largest aircraft of the time, it used the massive wing of Boeing’s earlier XB-15 bomber prototype to achieve the range necessary for flights across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Twelve Clippers were built for Pan American World Airways.

Sun Line Helicopters

SUN LINE HELICOPTERS, Inc. - 1050 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, Florida - Sightseeing by helicopter is one of Miami's finest attractions. Thousands of visitors annually enjoy the incomparable panoramic view of the Gold Coast from a Sun Line helicopter.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friendly Skies

Mainliners Slice Long Miles from the Vacation Map
United Air Lines - Fly The Friendly Skies.

Bargain Fares Everywhere... Fly the Finest... FLY TWA.

Let TWA's wings work wonders with your vacation
Fly the Finest... FLY TWA.

The world's best airliners are built in America
Convair Division General Dynamics.

All the world's a stage for the luxurious new
Convair 440 Metropolitan.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Going Postal Again

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum, located near the U.S. Capitol, is devoted to presenting the colorful history of the nation’s mail service. Mail transported our national culture, promoted capitalism, migration, community and identity formation.

It provided a communication link that encouraged the formation of like citizenry long before the birth of the Internet. These images provide a peek into this intriguing history. To learn more, visit the Postal Museum Website.

This U.S. mail streetcar, owned and operated by the Capital Traction Company, was used to process and transport mail in Washington, DC. (circa 1900)

This is an image of Railway Post Office streetcar #642, part of the Boston Elevated Railway. This car traveled on Malden, Broadway, and Ferry streets between Charlestown and Post Office Square. (circa 1900)

More than a dozen U.S. Mail screen wagons line up along an unidentified post office building. (circa 1904)

A Fokker F-10 super tri-motor airplane marked with the name "Fokker F-Ten" on the tarmac at the Oakland, California, airport. This airplane was one of five used by Western Air Express to carry mail and passengers on its Los Angeles San Francisco route. (circa 1928)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bonanza Airlines

Bonanza Airlines took off from Orange County Airport (now John Wayne Airport) and flew over my house almost every day from 1957 until we moved 5 years later.

Just a little side note: In 1957 you could still see many old WWII airplanes that were stored at the airport. PBY's, B-25's and some smaller versions of the Flying Wing's, and many others.

And of course based there was Paul Mantz. He was movie stunt pilot (and much more), who I had the great pleasure of meeting on a few occasions. This man is truly one of my heroes! If you don't know who he is, click on his name and read his story on Wikipedia - I think you will enjoy it.


Originally founded as a charter operator, Bonanza began scheduled service in December 1949. Based at Las Vegas, Nevada, it served points in the Southwestern United States with a fleet of DC-3's.

In 1959, modern prop-jet aircraft were placed into service and the last of the airline's DC-3's was retired by the end of 1960. Bonanza then claimed the title of "The First All Jet-Powered Airline in America."

The carrier merged with Pacific Air Lines and West Coast Airlines in 1968 to form Air West. In 1970, following the acquisition of the controlling interest in the company by Howard Hughes, the airline's name was changed to Hughes Airwest. (Postcard published by Aviation World - 1970's)

~ Bonanza Airlines Timetable 1951 ~

~ Bonanza Airlines Timetable 1959 ~

~ Bonanza Airlines Timetable 1961 ~

~ Bonanza Airlines Timetable 1964 ~

~ Bonanza Airlines Timetable 1965 ~

LINK: Timetable images are from the collections of Björn Larsson and David Zekria.

LINK: Bonanza Airlines Historical Website

LINK: Photographs of Bonanza Air Lines planes on Airliners.Net

Monday, November 30, 2009

Flying Machines

Back of the postcard reads: FUTURE NEW YORK will be pre-eminently the city of skyscrapers. The first steel frame structure that was regarded as a skyscraper was the Tower Building at 50 Broadway, a ten story structure 129 feet high.

There are now over a thousand buildings of that height in Manhattan. The best known skyscrapers are the Singer Building, 612 feet high, the Metropolitan Building, 700 feet high; and the Woolworth Tower which towers above them all and rises to a height of 790 feet.

The proposed Pan American Building is to be 801 feet high. (Postcard Copyright Moses King, New York - circa 1915)

Back of the card reads: 1933 Century of Progress - Chicago World's Fair - AEROPLANE VIEW OF NEAR NORTH SIDE - To the left is seen the famous Merchandise Mart, the largest building of its kind in the world.

Other buildings are the Engineering Building, Trustee System Building, Steuben Club, LaSalle-Wacker Building, with the Wrigley Buildings, Medinah Athletic Club and Tribune Tower grounded in the background. (Postcard by C.T. American Art Colored)

At Christmas - Though distance divides - still Friendship abides. (Postcard circa 1910)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Airplane Cards

These cards are from a series of 40 American Heritage Cards produced by the Milton Bradley Company in 1961.

The Lockheed Vega, first introduced in 1927, set a new standard for all purpose passenger carrying aircraft. In June 1931 Wiley Post and Harold Gatty lifted the "Winnie Mae" off the Roosevelt Field runway in New York to fly around the world. More info on Wikipedia.

The National Air Races, held annually from 1926 until 1939, provided an exciting stimulant to aviation development. Perhaps the most unique racers built for this competition were the "Gee-Bees" designed by Bob Hall. More info on Wikipedia.

In the 1920's the Ford Motor Company was the best known name in industry and when Henry Ford went into the aviation business the nation sat up and took notice. The Ford Tri-Motor affectionately known as the "Tin Goose," was one of the finest airplanes ever built in America. More info on Wikipedia.

One of the most graceful flying boats ever built. the Boeing 314 Clipper went into service for Pan American Airways in 1939. Only 12 of these ocean spanning giants were ever constructed by Boeing, but their fame was world wide. More info on Wikipedia.

The famous "DC line" of Douglas propeller driven transport planes, begun in the mid 1930's, reached its ultimate development with the DC-7. This comfortable, dependable plane, introduced in 1953, soon became the mainstay of airlines all over the world. More info on Wikipedia.