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First Trans-Polar Air Route

 
 
First Trans-Polar Air Route Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 24, 2019
1. First Trans-Polar Air Route Marker
Inscription.  Presented to the City of Los Angeles in commemoration of the inauguration of the trans-polar air route directly connecting the city of Los Angeles with the European continent by Scandinavian Airlines System, November 15, 1954.
 
Erected by Scandinavian Airlines. (Marker Number 44.)
 
Location. 33° 55.921′ N, 118° 24.348′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Imperial Highway and California Street, on the right when traveling west on Imperial Highway. Near the parking lot of Flight Path Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6661 Imperial Highway, Los Angeles CA 90045, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Capt. Lou Lenart, USMC (Ret.) (approx. 1.6 miles away); Eagle Squadrons (approx. 1.6 miles away); Dockweiler Hang Gliding Center (approx. 1.6 miles away); SV-5D Lifting Body (approx. 1.8 miles away); Flight Path (approx. 1.8 miles away); Space Park
First Trans-Polar Air Route Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 24, 2019
2. First Trans-Polar Air Route Marker
(approx. 3.2 miles away); Beach Cottage (approx. 3.3 miles away); Manhattan Beach Pier (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
Regarding First Trans-Polar Air Route. The term "polar route" was originally applied to great circle routes between Europe and the west coast of North America in the 1950s. A great-circle distance is the shortest distance between two points on the surface of a globe. SAS was the first commercial airline to fly the polar route. Their Douglas DC-6B flights between Los Angeles and Copenhagen, via Sondre Stromfjord Greenland and Winnipeg Canada, started on November 15, 1954.
 
Also see . . .  Flight Path Museum. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, except major holidays. (Submitted on September 28, 2019.) 
 
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Flight Path Museum image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 24, 2019
3. Flight Path Museum
Hangar One image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 24, 2019
4. Hangar One
The original building at LAX, built in 1929. Located 1.5 miles east of Flight Path Museum.
Hangar One image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 24, 2019
5. Hangar One
This side can be seen from the street at 5701 N Douglas St. Now a private maintenance facility, not open to the public.
Marker, Inside the Hangar image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 24, 2019
6. Marker, Inside the Hangar
Hangar #1. Mission revival style. A symbol of the early aviation industry in Southern California. Built in 1929. Gable and Wyant, architects. City Historic Monument No. 44.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 28, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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