Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Trans-Polar Air Route
Erected by Scandinavian Airlines. (Marker Number 44.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Industry & Commerce.
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 PathSpace Park (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 The 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 . . . 1950s: Over the North Pole. 2016 article in Scandinavian Traveler. Excerpt:
On November 19, 1952, the Arild Viking, a DC-6B, took off from Los Angeles, with 22 dignitaries on board, en route to Copenhagen. [Einar Sverre] Pedersen himself was the navigator on the trip — and he was SAS’s chief navigator on polar routes between 1953 and 1975. The first polar flight made stops in Edmonton, Canada, and Thule, Greenland,(Submitted on November 14, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 121 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week November 15, 2020. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 28, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 7. submitted on November 14, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.