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June 1930, Dedication of Los Angeles Municipal Airport. Later the airport would become Los Angeles International Airport.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

June 7, 1930, Dedication of Los Angeles Municipal Airport, formerly Mine Field. This photo was published in the June 8, 1930 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

June 1930: Aircraft fly-by during dedication of Los Angeles Municipal Airport.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

June 1930: Crowd of about 25,000 at dedication of Los Angeles Municipal Airport.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

August 1929: Los Angeles Municipal Airport, then known as Mines Field, encompassed 640 acres and had a 2,000-foot oiled strip and a parallel dirt strip. The road on the right is now Imperial Highway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Spence Air Photo / LA Dep. of Airports

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1930 dedication of Los Angeles Municipal Airport

June 7-8, 1930: Los Angeles Municipal Airport is dedicated during a two day airshow.

In 1928, the City of Los Angeles selected Mines Field, near Inglewood, as the city’s airport. Up until then, Los Angeles had been served by several private airfields.

A story in the June 8, 1930, Los Angeles Times reported:

Southern California’s airmen – commercial, army, navy and marines – brought their planes and nerves to Los Angeles yesterday to give a crowd of 25,000 persons an afternoon of thrills and demonstrations of aviation advancement as a feature of the dedication ceremonies at the Municipal Airport.

Today from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the flyers will go aloft again for the free entertainment of the field visitors and to conclude the exercises that formally mark the three-year transition of the city’s modern sky harbor from a hay field to one of the most modern ports, located on the Inglewood-Redondo Boulevard, three miles south of Inglewood. …

Besides the service planes from San Diego, groups of National Guard, March Field, Navy Reserve and Army Reserve craft swooped down the field’s oiled runway in quick succession. Before landing they flew in formations developed through years of aerial tactical maneuver experiments.

When these ships were grounded, alongside ninety commercial planes of every description, the Los Angeles Fire Department Band, Santa Monica Municipal Band and American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps presented a program of music and drills.

Then a wreath was delivered by Lieut. Bud Campbell, at the controls of the Goodyear blimp Volunteer, to Miss Viola Peers, who placed it on the propeller of a decorated plane in front of the administration building, marking officially the port dedication. …

Mines Field is now Los Angeles International Airport.

The first four images were scanned from original 4-by-5-inch glass plates. One was published in the June 8, 1930, Los Angeles Times. The other three images probably were taken on June 7, 1930.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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