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WWII Patch, AAF, AAF Pilot Training School, Lockheed Field, Burbank CA

WWII Patch, AAF, AAF Pilot Training School, Lockheed Field, Burbank CA

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WWII US Army Air Force Squadron Patch
USAAF Pilot Training School,
Lockheed Field,
Lockheed Aircraft Corp. Factory, Lockheed Air Terminal, "Skunk Works", Burbank CA
Walt Disney Design
4 3/8 inches

Training future pilots for Fighter Fighting Bomb Bombing Bomber Bombardment squadrons.

Bob Hope Airport began its history as United Airport when it opened on Memorial Day weekend, 1930. Built by the United Airports Company of California, Ltd., it was said to be the first multimillion-dollar airport in the country, and it quickly became the primary airport for the greater Los Angeles region. Many of the early heroes of aviation frequented the facility, especially those connected with nearby Lockheed Aircraft Company, such as Wiley Post, Amelia Earhart, and Charles Lindbergh.

In 1940, as World War II approached, Lockheed purchased the airport and began expanding its facilities in support of the war effort on land adjacent to the airport’s runways.  Lockheed changed the airport’s name to Lockheed Air Terminal and continued to operate it as a commercial airport, even as thousands of B-17s, Hudson bombers, and P-38 fighters rolled off the assembly lines. After the war, all the major carriers moved to Los Angeles Municipal Airport, today’s LAX. But airline service returned to Burbank in a big way when jet airliners capable of using Burbank’s short runways came along in the late 1960s.  The airport’s name was changed to Hollywood-Burbank Airport, and the airport caught on as the most convenient place for a quick flight to the Bay Area and other West Coast cities. Lockheed sold the airport in 1978 to an airport authority created by Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena, who soon renamed it Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport. The 3 million people living within 20 miles of the airport have continued to attract airline service up and down the West Coast as well as to mid-continent hubs such as Denver, Salt Lake City and Dallas-Ft. Worth, and today there are even nonstop flights to New York. The airport was renamed in honor of legendary entertainer Bob Hope in December, 2003.  Bob Hope Airport (History)  is a vital part of the Southern California airport system, serving 5 million passengers each year.

4 November 1941 - Tail section of YP-38 Lightning, 39-689, separates in flight over Glendale, California, Lightning crashes inverted on house at 1147 Elm Street, killing Lockheed test pilot Ralph Virden. Home owner survives, indeed, sleeps right through the crash.

23 October 1942 - Mid-air collision at 9,000 feet altitude between American Airlines DC-3, NC16017, "Flagship Connecticut," Flight 28 out of Lockheed Air Terminal (now Burbank Airport) en route to Phoenix, Arizona and New York City, and USAAF Lockheed B-34 Ventura II bomber, 41-38116, on ferry flight from Long Beach Army Air Base to Palm Springs Army Air Field. Pilot of B-34, Lt. William N. Wilson and copilot Staff Sergeant Robert Leicht, were able to make emergency landing at Palm Springs, but DC-3, carrying nine passengers and a crew of three, its tail splintered and its rudder shorn off by B-34's right engine, went into a flat spin, clipped a rocky ledge in Chino Canyon below Mount San Jacinto, and exploded in desert, killing all on board. Among the passengers killed was Academy Award-winning Hollywood composer Ralph Rainger, 41, who had written or collaborated on such hit songs as "Louise," "Love in Bloom" (comedian Jack Benny's theme song), "Faithful Forever," "June in January," "Blue Hawaii" and "Thanks for the Memory," which entertainer Bob Hope  adopted as his signature song. Initial report by Ventura crew was that they had lost sight of the airliner due to smoke from a forest fire, but closed-door Congressional investigation revealed that bomber pilot knew the first officer on the DC-3, Louis Frederick Reppert, and had attempted to wave to him in mid-air rendezvous. However, Wilson misjudged the distance between the two aircraft and triggered the fatal collision when, in pulling his B-34 up and away from the DC-3, its right propeller sliced through the airliner's tail. The Civil Aeronautics Board  (CAB) placed the blame directly on the "reckless and irresponsible conduct of Lieutenant William N. Wilson in deliberately maneuvering a bomber in dangerous proximity to an airliner in an unjustifiable attempt to attract the attention of the first officer (copilot) of the latter plane." Lt. Wilson subsequently faced manslaughter charges by the U.S. Army but about a month after the accident a court martial trial board acquitted him of blame. In a separate legal development, a lawsuit seeking $227,637 was filed against American Airlines on behalf of crash victim Ralph Rainger's wife, Elizabeth, who was left widowed with three small children. In June 1943 a jury awarded her $77,637.

20 October 1944 - Lockheed YP-80A-LO Shooting Star, 44-83025, c/n 080-1004, crashes at Burbank, California after main fuel pump failure, killing Lockheed test pilot Milo Burcham.

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