An Illustrated History of Aviation in Southern California (Part I) | KCET
An Illustrated History of Aviation in Southern California (Part I)
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Southern California has played a major role throughout the history of aerospace in the United States and the world. Much of its early involvement was shrouded in secrecy in the name of national security. After all, Californians built the planes that won wars. They also built the planes that started wars. The region has hosted some of the biggest events in aviation and has been a hotbed of innovation in space travel since the industry’s birth. Its abundant blue skies hold aloft the American dream. We look back at some milestones from the advent of the airplane through the Second World War.
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Even though black men served as pilots for France in WWl, many Americans thought black men were incapable of becoming pilots to fight in WWII, but the Tuskegee Airmen proved them wrong.
Ever since his first flight, William J. Powell became infatuated with aviation. He saw it as a way for African American men and women to soar far above a racist world.
After the Second World War, the Soviet Union and the United States entered a period of heightened antagonism as jet propulsion made plane travel commonplace and a new American obsession took hold — space travel.
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Aviation takes flight in early Los Angeles, becoming an industry of dreamers, risk takers and entrepreneurs. The region is America’s “arsenal of democracy” during World War II, as two million workers build 300,000 aircrafts.