Grand Central was probably the most thoroughly photographed airport in the world, serving for three decades of film-making as the backdrop for hundreds of motion pictures.

It was the scene of tragedy during the filming of the Howard Hughes picture, “Hell’s Angeles”, in 1930. A stunt man rode a World War I fighter plane to his death during a mock gun battle.

The Army Air Corps operated a flight school at Grand Central in the early days of World War II. Later, P-38s were stationed there to intercept the Japanese bombers which never came.

– Air Terminal Closing Marks End of an Era: Glendale’s Grand Central, Former World Link, Succumbs to Subdivider Bulldozer, The Los Angeles Times, July 16, 1959

Grand Central Air Terminal Waiting Room Area, Staircase Detail, Historic American Buildings Survey, Tavo Olmos, 2001, Courtesy of the Library of Congress
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