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Photograph was edited for publication purposes The Valley Air National Guard Base was a United States Air Force base, located at Van Nuys Airport in California. Also called the San Fernando Valley Airport, it was originally opened in 1942 during World War II. In 1949, the City of Los Angeles purchased the airport from the government for $1.00 and a provision for a California Air National Guard facility for 40 years. The Air Force closed its facilities there in 1990. The Van Nuys Airport is now owned and operated by the city of Los Angeles. Photograph caption dated March 6, 1956 reads "Jet jockey 1st Lt. Edward J. Modes of Glendale, has been strapped into sleek jet as he goes over final instruction with 2nd Lt. Luther Eldridge of North Hollywood. Plane is christened 'Man-O-War' after famous race horse. Other pilots dressed in 'space suit' appearing gear, cock their heads and listen."; See images #00144585 through #00144591 for all photos in this series.
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00144587 Valley Times Collection HCNVT_d053_f16_i14 CARL0005834693 http://18.104.22.168/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/72604
California.--Air National Guard California.--Air National Guard--Officers Van Nuys Airport Men--California--Los Angeles Air pilots, Military--United States Airplanes, Military Military uniforms Airports--California--Van Nuys (Los Angeles) Van Nuys (Los Angeles, Calif.) Valley Times Collection photographs