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Valley Air Guard vigilant outfit
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
Keeshen, Walt
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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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 "Scanning horizon in 'T-Bird.' Valley Air National Guard jet pilot Richard L. Glaze flies 20,000 feet above Antelope Valley floor in Palmdale area as two Sabres streak by on mock gunnery mission. They are part of 146th Interceptor Wing based at San Fernando Valley airport. Their job is to intercept, pursue and destroy hostile enemy aircraft seeking to penetrate Los Angeles Area. Photograph was taken from rear seat of Lockheed T-33 trainer by Valley Times photographer with fast wide-angle lens. New type helmets, designed for jet age, make pilots resemble space men."; See images #00144585 through #00144591 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
California.--Air National Guard
Van Nuys Airport
Air pilots, Military--United States
T-33 (Training plane)
Sabre (Jet fighter plane)
Airplanes, Military
Palmdale (Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs

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