In Honor of Pioneer Aviators
December 17, 1928, on the 25th anniversary of the first flight of man.
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 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Busch Gardens (approx. ¾ mile away); Lauretta Wasserstein Sculpture Garden (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Baird House (approx. 2.8 miles away); Van Nuys Library (approx. 3 miles away); De La Osa Adobe (approx. 3.8 miles away); Ranchito Romulo (approx. 4 miles away); Andres Pico Adobe (approx. 4 miles away); "This Fountain" (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Van Nuys.
More about this marker. Marker is at the end of a narrow alley called Waterman Drive, in the Van Nuys Airport Observation Area, open to the public from 8:00 AM
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 observation 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 & Space •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 5, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on February 23, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 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.