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Some Aviation Highlights in Los Angeles County
1910 - For ten days, the world's first international Air Meet is held at Dominguez Field. The first powered flight in the west occurs at this event.
1911 - C.P. Rodgers makes the first transcontinental airplane flight from New York to Pasadena from September 17 to November 5. He makes numerous stops along the way and spends 82 hours and 4 minutes in the air.
1913 - On June 21, over Los Angeles, Georgia Broadwick becomes the first women to parachute from an airplane.
1924 - The first airplane to ever fly around the world is built in Santa Monica. It is a Douglas World Cruiser named New Orleans.
1923 - Construction begins on the Grand Central Airport in Glendale. It offers the first paved runway west of the Rocky Mountains.
1928 - The Grand Central Air Terminal opens in at Glendale's Grand Central Airport. It provides the first air passenger service in the region.
1929 - A U.S. Army Air Corps Atlantic-Fokker C-2A named Question Mark, piloted by future Air Force Chief of Staff Carl A. Spaatz, takes off from Metropolitan Airport in Van Nuys, on January 1, 1929, to set a world flight endurance record of 150 hours, 40 minutes, 14 seconds. He circles over Southern California while being refueled 42 times (9 times at night), and lands on January 7. *** Charles Lindbergh takes off from Grand Central Airport in Glendale to inaugurate the first air passenger service between Southern California and the East Coast.
1930 - Laura Ingalls lands in Glendale to become the first woman to fly solo across the United States.
1932 - On August 24, Amelia Earhart Putnam takes off from Los Angeles to make the first solo nonstop transcontinental flight across the United States by a woman. Her flight ends in Newark, New Jersey.
1933 - Two pilots, New Jersey surgeon Albert Forsythe and Charles Anderson, land at Grand Central Airport, becoming the first African Americans to complete a transcontinental flight. The historic journey leads to the creation of a famed World War II corps of black aviators.
1935 - On April 19-20, by invitation of the Mexican government, Amelia Earhart Putnam takes off from Los Angeles to become the first person to fly solo from Los Angeles to Mexico City.
1935 - The first DC-3 is rolled out on December 17 by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Many DC-3s are still flying today.
1946 - Commercial airline service begins at Los Angeles International Airport.
1958 - The first TV news helicopter is introduced in Los Angeles by KTLA Channel 5 on July 4. It is known as the "Telecopter."
Note: Special thanks to Rick Reaser for contributing information regarding the 1929 world flight endurance record.
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