Signal Hill in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Early Aviation on the Hill
Part of the “Memory Necklace”
—A Series of Historical Panels Located in the Hilltop Loop Trail —
Until the early 1920s, the main landing strip in the city was Long Beach’s crescent shaped beach. Soon the small coterie of pilots outgrew the beach, with its narrow landing strip and low tide landing/takeoff. In 1919, Daugherty built his own airstrip near American Avenue (now Long Beach Boulevard) and Bixby Avenue. He named it “Chateau Thierry” after a French battlefield from his service in the first World War.
Daugherty went on to operate a passenger service and give flying lessons. In his first year of operation, he flew some 1,786 passengers on sightseeing tours with sweeping views from San Pedro to Huntington Beach. This was remarkable
Daugherty was a legendary stunt pilot. he and his fiancee, Katherine, even “got hitched” in an air wedding ceremony, the first of its kind. With a vision for Long Beach aviation, he used his influence as a local Army Air Corps flying ace and barnstorming legend to persuade the Long Beach City Council to plan for an airport. In 1923, the council set aside 150 acres near the Cherry and Spring Street intersection for the construction of the Long Beach airport, the first municipal airport in Southern California. (Just to the left of this viewshed) (Marker Number 4.)
Location. 33° 48.07′ N, 118° 9.682′ W. Marker is in Signal Hill, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Panorama Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2628-2632 Panorama Drive, Signal Hill CA 90755, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Japanese Farming on the Hill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Broadcasting and Music on the Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oil Fires on the Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Car Climbs on the Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Unity Monument" (approx. ¼ mile away); “Tribute to the Roughnecks” (approx. ¼ mile away); Hilltop Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Discovery of Oil on the Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Signal Hill.
Categories. • Air & Space •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 15, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.