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Daugherty School of Aviation, 1921

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From the Long Beach Airport’s Timeline:

  • During the early 1920s, the only airport in Long Beach was the City’s huge, crescent shaped beach. Earl Daugherty opened a flight training school for bi-wings aircraft near Long Beach Blvd. and Willow Ave.
  • In 1923, the Long Beach City Council set aside 150 acres near the intersection of Spring and Cherry Streets for use as an airfield. It was named Daugherty Field after one of Long Beach’s pioneer aviators. It was the first municipal airport to serve Southern California.
  • April 7, 1925 – The first airport operator’s lease was issued.
  • 1928-30 – Actual airport development of significance began when the City built hangars and administrative facilities for the Navy and Army Corps.
  • 1933 – The first known, overall plan for the airport was…

For more, click here for the LGB web site’s Airport History and Timeline.


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