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Some Aviation Highlights in Los Angeles County

1910 - For ten days, the world's first international Air Meet is held at Dominguez Field. The first powered flight in the west occurs at this event.

1911 - C.P. Rodgers makes the first transcontinental airplane flight from New York to Pasadena from September 17 to November 5. He makes numerous stops along the way and spends 82 hours and 4 minutes in the air.

1913 - On June 21, over Los Angeles, Georgia Broadwick becomes the first women to parachute from an airplane.

1921 - Amelia Earhart Putnam's flying career begins in Los Angeles when, at age 24, she takes flying lessons from Neta Snook and buys her first airplane.

1924 - The first airplane to ever fly around the world is built in Santa Monica.  It is a Douglas World Cruiser named New Orleans.

1923 - Construction begins on the Grand Central Airport in Glendale. It offers the first paved runway west of the Rocky Mountains.

1928 - The Grand Central Air Terminal opens in at Glendale's Grand Central Airport. It provides the first air passenger service in the region.

1929 - A U.S. Army Air Corps Atlantic-Fokker C-2A named Question Mark, piloted by future Air Force Chief of Staff Carl A. Spaatz, takes off from Metropolitan Airport in Van Nuys, on January 1, 1929, to set a world flight endurance record of 150 hours, 40 minutes, 14 seconds.  He circles over Southern California while being refueled 42 times (9 times at night), and lands on January 7.  *** Charles Lindbergh takes off from Grand Central Airport in Glendale to inaugurate the first air passenger service between Southern California and the East Coast.

1930 - Laura Ingalls lands in Glendale to become the first woman to fly solo across the United States.

1932 - On August 24, Amelia Earhart Putnam takes off from Los Angeles to make the first solo nonstop transcontinental flight across the United States by a woman. Her flight ends in Newark, New Jersey.

1933 -  Two pilots, New Jersey surgeon Albert Forsythe and Charles Anderson, land at Grand Central Airport, becoming the first African Americans to complete a transcontinental flight. The historic journey leads to the creation of a famed World War II corps of black aviators.

1935 - On April 19-20, by invitation of the Mexican government, Amelia Earhart Putnam takes off from Los Angeles to become the first person to fly solo from Los Angeles to Mexico City.

1935 - The first DC-3 is rolled out on December 17 by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Many DC-3s are still flying today.

1946 - Commercial airline service begins at Los Angeles International Airport.

1958 - The first TV news helicopter is introduced in Los Angeles by KTLA Channel 5 on July 4. It is known as the "Telecopter."

 

 

Note: Special thanks to Rick Reaser for contributing information regarding the 1929 world flight endurance record.

 

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