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Valley Air Guard vigilant outfit
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
Keeshen, Walt
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Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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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.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
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

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