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Van Nuys in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

In Honor of Pioneer Aviators

 
 
Pioneer Aviators Marker image. Click for full size.
circa 2001
1. Pioneer Aviators Marker
Inscription. In honor of the pioneer aviators who have given their all that the science of aviation could be perfected, enabling it to take its place in the worlds commerce, this airport is dedicated.

December 17, 1928, on the 25th anniversary of the first flight of man.
 
Erected 1928.
 
Location. 34° 12.876′ N, 118° 29.304′ W. Marker is in Van Nuys, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Waterman Drive 0.3 miles west of Woodley Ave, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Van Nuys CA 91406, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. De La Osa Adobe (approx. 3.8 miles away); Andres Pico Adobe (approx. 4 miles away); "This Fountain" (approx. 4.3 miles away); San Fernando Mission (approx. 4.3 miles away); Mission San Fernando Rey de España (approx. 4.3 miles away); Fray Fermin Francisco DeLasuen, O.F.M. (approx. 4.3 miles away); Mission Dam (approx. 4.8 miles away); Father Junipero Serra / Fray Junipero Serra (approx. 5.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is at the end of a narrow alley called Waterman Drive, in an airport viewing area, open to the public from

Pioneer Aviators Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 3, 2018
2. Pioneer Aviators Marker
8:00 AM to dusk.
 
Regarding In Honor of Pioneer Aviators. This marked the opening of Los Angeles Metropolitan Airport. Now called Van Nuys Airport, it’s the worlds’ busiest general aviation airport. The marker was placed on the original control tower, which was at this location. The tower was featured in classic movies including Casablanca. Children who grew up near the airport (including me, -CB) enjoyed watching the aircraft activities and later became pilots. Today the viewing area has picnic tables, shade, informational signs, aircraft radio audio, and a children’s play area.
 
Also see . . .
1. Airport website. Interesting facts under "Did You Know?" And a link to two pages of airport history. (Submitted on February 5, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 

2. Award-winning documentary. One Six Right tells the story of Van Nuys Airport, and general aviation. (Submitted on February 5, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Metropolitan Airport, Los Angeles, Waldo Waterman, San Fernando Valley Airport, Van Nuys Airport,
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMan-Made Features
 
Marker and Viewing Area image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, February 3, 2018
3. Marker and Viewing Area
First airport manager Waldo Waterman at the dedication. image. Click for full size.
December 17, 1928
4. First airport manager Waldo Waterman at the dedication.
Metropolitan Airport image. Click for full size.
circa 1940
5. Metropolitan Airport
The original control tower is where the runways cross, near the buildings marked A and B. This is where the viewing area is today. (All of these buildings no longer exist).
The same view today image. Click for full size.
circa 2018
6. The same view today
The location of the airport observation area is shown.
Waldo Waterman, first airport manager, honored with street name image. Click for full size.
7. Waldo Waterman, first airport manager, honored with street name
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 5, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   6. submitted on February 13, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   7. submitted on February 5, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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