The History of Californian Aviation

Though Los Angeles might be best known for the stars on the streets, there’s just as much history with the ones in the sky. From the world’s first flight school to building the rockets which put the first man on the moon, California has helped in opening the world up (and even the out-of-this-world, thanks to Elon Musk and other space aficionados) to us all. We look at some of the notable events, companies, and people from California whose technological innovations helped shaped air travel as we know it today.

Here’s a look at how California’s made flying what it is today – starting way back in 1910, when the first aviation meet took place at the Dominguez Airfield.