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."
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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 Downey Aviator July 2013 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)

The Tierra Luna Marketplace- Development of former NASA Site/ Downey Studios

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

Pioneers In Aviation: The Race To The Moon

The Early History of Building 290

MOA on NASA Site (Downey Studios/ Boeing)

"Space shuttle Endeavour Remembered"
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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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The Promenade At Downey

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