From Orange Trees to Space- Southern California's Aerospace Legacy
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Downey, home to America's Space Race and early aviation...

"Farmers in the area grew grain, corn, castor beans and fruit, and by 1935 Downey was characterized as an "orange-grove town". Downey was incorporated in 1956, and instituted a charter form of government in 1964. Suburban homes and factories replaced the farms after World War II. The largest employer was what became known as Vultee Aircraft, then North American Aviation, (later North American Rockwell, then Rockwell International which was then bought by the Boeing company) whose facilities were the birthplace of the systems for the Apollo space program as well as the Space Shuttle. For over 70 years, Downey's Rockwell NASA plant produced and tested many of the 20th century's greatest aviation, missile, and space endeavors. By the early 1970s, the facilities encompassed some 1,700,000 square feet (160,000 m2) of enclosed area over more than 200 acres. But, by the post-Cold War 1990s, Downey was brutally hit by cutbacks in the defense budget. Rockwell International, who once had over 30,000 employees, had less than 5,000 in 1992. The seventy year history of airplane and space vehicle manufacturing in Downey came to an end when the Rockwell plant closed in 1999. The former Rockwell plant has been converted to the Downey Landing shopping complex, a Kaiser Permanente hospital, a park, a space museum and Downey Studios." Wikipedia

Above: North American Rockwell's (now Boeing's) original space shuttle mockup as it looked after its debut in 1972. (Boeing/Aaron Harvey)

ALF President Jerry Blackburn (left) at Fox News, Los Angeles, to commentate on the return of the Space Shuttle Endeavour to the Los Angeles area. ALF Director Stan Barauskas (right) in L.A. Times story, click picture.

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ALF In The News

The Legacy- The quick version of the Downey NASA Site story.

The Downey Aviator Spring 2014 New Issue

Downey Aviator- March 2013

The Promenade at Downey (Tierra Luna)

The Downey Civic Center Plan and History of that area
(The Downey Arch)

A Visit to The Downey Space Plant
, Birthplace of the Space Shuttle and Apollo
Video interview with Jerry Blackburn giving an overview of the Downey NASA Site's history.


Jerry Blackburn ABC News 7 Los Angeles- Interview video
About the demolition at Downey Studios (former NASA site) and reminiscing about working at the plant.

Wall Street Journal interview with Jerry Blackburn video
( 9/21/2012 12:29:32 AM3:44)
Downey NASA Site (Downey Studios) story with ALF's Jerry Blackburn.

The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston:
Interview with Gerald Blackburn, Aerospace Legacy Foundation

ALF Newsletters- The Downey Aviator

Pioneers In Aviation: The Race To The Moon
- Sponsored by ALF

North American Aviation History

The Early History of Building 290

MOA on NASA Site (Downey Studios/ Boeing)

"Space shuttle Endeavour Remembered"
Interactive
Former Endeavour engineers reminisce about the legacy of the last space shuttle ever built.

L.A. Times Article with Jerry Blackburn and Stan Barauskas, ALF Directors.

Edmond John Dowd (11/22/21 - 2/24/11)


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For those of you who could not make the Aerospace Legacy Foundation Fundraising Auction held last Saturday, September 27, 2014, BOY DID YOU MISS SOME BARGAINS. For example: The X-15 Extending the Frontiers of Flight book by Dennis R. Jenkins (Signed Collectable) Estimated Retail Value $60.00 sold for $25.00. The Matted Display of The Historic Space Shuttle Program SSP-5000 Limited Edition Custom Matted 11.5"x14" Estimated Retail Value $89.00 sold for $30.00. The Mint Time Life Edition of A Man on the Moon 3 Volume w/case Autographed Estimated Retail Value 175.00 sold for $30.00. This is only some of the deals that were made. Either someone is going to get one heck of a Christmas Gift or the purchasers received some amazing collectable deals.

We hope that you all can join us at our next auction where you will be able to find some fantastic buys. Stay tuned for more details for our future event.

A BIG Thank you to everyone that attended, helped and supported this Fundraising Event.

Arlene Busby, Secretary
Aerospace Legacy Foundation

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