Bob Hope Airport under Camouflage

Many visitors to Burbank Airport rush past the display cases with photos and artifacts from the airport’s past, heading toward Southwest Airlines’ security line.  Here are two photos from the case.

Just before World War II, Lockheed Aircraft Company purchased the airport next door to its manufacturing facilities.  The major airlines flew out of this airport, rather than Los Angeles.   Lockheed kept this open as a commercial airport and renamed it Lockheed Air Terminal.

During World War II, Lockheed Aircraft Company and Airport were covered by camouflage, and any enemy aircraft would see the scene below.  The second photo was snapped under the camouflage.

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Under the Camouflage in 1943

Author: Pamela Tartaglio

For my vacation, I'd like to go to America a hundred years ago. Instead, I visit cool historic places, art museums and read. I share on my blog, Past and Present with Pamela. People who aren't history buffs tell me they enjoy these glimpses into the past. Please come and visit.

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