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History and Photo Gallery

The Long Beach Airport Terminal (1941) is a masterpiece of the early modern style, bridging the transition from the modernistic Streamline Moderne style of the 'thirties to the geometric abstraction of the post-war International Style. It was an avant-garde work of architecture for its time, and is a unique building in the City of Long Beach. The architects, W. Horace Austin and Kennth Wing, Sr., were important Long Beach architects, each with a significant body of work in the City and the region.

The use of ceramic mosaic floor tiles throughout the building was an innovative way to include extensive mural decoration as public art in a building with a lot of glass and other functional constraints. The themes and decorative style of the ceramic murals were unique and innovative. Although the imagery was representational, the stylized forms reflected modern post-war artistic trends. The symbolic elements were selected to enrich the experience of the traveler, and evoke a larger context for air travel with allusions to other forms of transportation and communication in the world.

Photo Gallery
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Long Beach Airport main terminal

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Long Beach Airport main terminal built in 1941 is a Cultural Historic Landmark and features historical exhibits about the airport.

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Intricate mosaic tilework on the terminal's second floor was completed
through the Work Progress Administration.

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B-1 Bomber arrival at Long Beach Airport - May 3, 2007.
Photos courtesy of Long Beach Report.com

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B-1 Bomber arrival at Long Beach Airport - May 3, 2007.
Photos courtesy of Long Beach Report.com

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Boeing built the C-17 Globemaster at Long Beach Airport.

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Boeing built the C-17 Globemaster at Long Beach Airport.

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This Douglas DC-2 was built in 1934. It is maintained by the Douglas Historical Society.

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FedEx Boeing 727-200

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Signal Hill provides a backdrop to the Airport's air traffic control tower.

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UPS Boeing 767-300ER

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Barbara London

One of our community‚Äôs outstanding aviators and military heroes was honored in 2006 at the unveiling of Barbara London Drive. 

Learn more about the local legend here: Barbara London - World War II Hero

Video clips of Barbara London interview:

Aviatior & Navigator 817 KB .mwv file
WAFS Military Affiliation 1.54 MB .mwv file
Distinguished Veteran 500 KB .mwv file

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VinFiz 100th Anniversary in Long Beach

Long Beach celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first transcontinental flight in 2011. To commemorate this history making flight, Long Beach hosted events across the city. Please click on the links below to explore more about the pilot behind the story and the adventure of a lifetime.

More info available at: www.vinfizlongbeach.com

Video: "Ask an Expert - Cal Rodgers and the Vin Fiz"