New from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of Aviation series is Downey's Aerospace History 1947-1999 by Gerald Blackburn and the Aerospace Legacy Foundation. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images along with a supportive narrative.
The city of Downey has been host to one of aerospace history’s most sacred sites. For more than six decades, men and women have gathered in this Los Angeles County town to make the dreams of tomorrow a reality—inventing the future and starting America’s journey to the stars.
A wealthy Los Angeles industrialist, E. M. Smith, began this history with the purchase of a portion of the Huynan Ranch in August 1929. His company, EMSCO Aircraft, was the first of what would become a memorable list of pioneers in aviation and space. The story of the site’s aerospace history extends from North American Aviation’s tenancy in 1947 to the site closure in 1999 when engineers and scientists designed and developed the aerospace technology that took man to the moon and established a permanent presence in space.
A portion of the book’s proceeds are being donated to the Aerospace Legacy Foundation.
Highlights of Downey's Aerospace History 1947-1999:
• Contains images from private collections of the Aerospace Legacy Foundation and local residents
• Covers the second half of the 80 year history of this site which will be the new home to the Columbia Memorial Space Center
• Documents the history of the late 1960s when over 25,000 people worked at this site in Downey
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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