History & Photo Gallery

VinFiz 100th Anniversary in Long Beach

Long Beach celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first transcontinental flight! To commemorate this history making flight, Long Beach will be host to events across the city from July to December. Please join us to explore more about the pilot behind the story and the adventure of a lifetime.

More info available at: www.vinfizlongbeach.com

Video: "Ask an Expert - Cal Rodgers and the Vin Fiz"

Barbara London

One of our community’s outstanding aviators and military heroes
was honored in 2006 at the unveiling of Barbara London Drive. 
Barbara London Presentation - PDF 

    Video clips of Barbara London interview:

Aviatior & Navigator 817 KB .mwv file
WAFS Military Affiliation 1.54 MB .mwv file
Distinguished Veteran 500 KB .mwv file 

Long Beach Airport Terminal

The Airport Terminal (1941) is a masterpiece of the early modern style, bridging the transition from the modernistic Streamline Moderne style of the 'thirties to the geometric abstraction of the post-war International Style. It was an avant-garde work of architecture for its time, and is a unique building in the City of Long Beach. The architects, W. Horace Austin and Kennth Wing, Sr., were important Long Beach architects, each with a significant body of work in the City and the region.

The use of ceramic mosaic floor tiles throughout the building was an innovative way to include extensive mural decoration as public art in a building with a lot of glass and other functional constraints. The themes and decorative style of the ceramic murals were unique and innovative. Although the imagery was representational, the stylized forms reflected modern post-war artistic trends. The symbolic elements were selected to enrich the experience of the traveler, and evoke a larger context for air travel with allusions to other forms of transportation and communication in the world. 

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Long Beach Airport main terminal built in 1941 is a Cultural Historic Landmark and features historical exhibits about the airport.

Intricate mosaic tilework on the terminal's second floor was completed through the Work Progress Administration.

B-1 Bomber arrival at Long Beach Airport - May 3, 2007. Photos courtesy of Long Beach Report.com

Boeing builds the C-17 for the U.S. Air Force at Long Beach Airport. Boeing C-17 Globemaster

This Douglas DC-2 was built in 1934. It is
maintained by the Douglas Historical Society.

FedEx Boeing 727-200

Signal Hill provides a backdrop to the Airport's air traffic control tower.

UPS Boeing 767-300ER