Torrance Airport (CA) (Images of Aviation)

Torrance Airport (CA) (Images of Aviation)

Charles Lobb


Californians have been panicked via the Pearl Harbor assault of December 7, 1941, and civilian flights inside of two hundred miles of the coast have been instantly terminated. Airfields have been commandeered and new ones rapidly equipped. this kind of used to be the Lomita Flight Strip, identified this present day as Zamperini box, the Torrance Municipal Airport, or TOA. This 490-acre parcel despatched 4 squadrons of P-38 fighter pilots off to battle with one commanded by means of the pass judgement on of the Charles Manson trial, an ex-Flying Tiger. Six different pilots grew to become generals, grew to become commandants of cadets on the Air strength Academy, and one grew to become the single fighter pilot with strive against victories in either international battle II and the Vietnam battle. jap americans getting back from international conflict II internment camps came upon transitority housing on the box, and the world’s biggest producer of civilian helicopters settled there in 1973. the 1st runway takeoff of a Vertical Take-Off and touchdown (VTOL) airplane was once pioneered at TOA, and aerobatic champ Bob Herendeen expert on the web site.

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