Aerospace Legacy Foundation

Your portal to America's aerospace history

Aerospace Legacy Foundation (ALF) is a community based non-profit organization (501c3) including aerospace retirees and the public at large. Preserving Southern California's Aerospace and Aviation History including Downey's aerospace legacy.

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From NASA JPL

"Visions of the Future"

  "There's no place like home. Warm, wet and with an atmosphere that's just right, Earth is the only place we know of with life – and lots of it. JPL's Earth science missions monitor our home planet and how it's changing so it can continue to provide a safe haven as we reach deeper into the cosmos". Image and text NASA

"There's no place like home. Warm, wet and with an atmosphere that's just right, Earth is the only place we know of with life – and lots of it. JPL's Earth science missions monitor our home planet and how it's changing so it can continue to provide a safe haven as we reach deeper into the cosmos". Image and text NASA

  XB-70 and visitors. Image- USAF

XB-70 and visitors. Image- USAF


Below- Filming on location at North American Aviation's Space Division in Downey, Cal. on June 4, 1965, producers of I Dream of Jeannie, a new TV series, prepare to walk a man in space on camera. Image- Corbis

Corbis-42-30201182 Filming on location at North American Aviations Space Division in Downey, Cal. on June 4, 1965, producers of I Dream of Jeannie, a new TV series, prepare to walk a man in space on camera.jpg

The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
— Sir Winston Churchill
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Space Shuttle RS-25 Main Engine

  Space Shuttle RS-25 main engine.  Credit NASA photo by Jim Grossman

Space Shuttle RS-25 main engine. Credit NASA photo by Jim Grossman

STS-131 Discovery SSME Installation.

  STS-131 Discovery SSME Installation.  Source: Wiki

STS-131 Discovery SSME Installation. Source: Wiki

These are the Space Shuttle Main Engines

also known as Aerojet Rocketdyne SR-25.

  These are the Space Shuttle Main Engines, also known as Aerojet Rocketdyne SR-25.

These are the Space Shuttle Main Engines, also known as Aerojet Rocketdyne SR-25.

  Designing the Vultee XP-54 in Downey, California, 1943.  (Image- Convair 70-419, SDASM 03587).  “The XP-54 was designed with a    pusher       engine    in the aft part of the fuselage. The tail was mounted rearward between two mid-wing booms, with the 12-ft propeller between them. “  Wiki

Designing the Vultee XP-54 in Downey, California, 1943. (Image- Convair 70-419, SDASM 03587). “The XP-54 was designed with a pusher engine in the aft part of the fuselage. The tail was mounted rearward between two mid-wing booms, with the 12-ft propeller between them. “ Wiki

  Aerial view of the Vultee Aircraft Company in 1936 expanding the former Emsco Aircraft plant, built in 1929, by industrialist E,M. Smith. Downey, CA. Cerritos Ave. (Lakewood Blvd.) passes the plant in this early image. Alameda School can be seen in the upper right.

Aerial view of the Vultee Aircraft Company in 1936 expanding the former Emsco Aircraft plant, built in 1929, by industrialist E,M. Smith. Downey, CA. Cerritos Ave. (Lakewood Blvd.) passes the plant in this early image. Alameda School can be seen in the upper right.

  Security National Aircraft leased the former Emsco plant in 1932-1933. Image- USC

Security National Aircraft leased the former Emsco plant in 1932-1933. Image- USC

The Emsco Building (above) was built in 1929 by Los Angeles Industrialist E.M. Smith. The Rotunda and Kaufmann Wing (below) were built about ten years later for Vultee Aircraft who moved into the plant in 1936. Much of this video explores the former North American Aviation buildings including Building 001, 290 and the DEI Room. Our guide in the video is Jerry Blackburn, worked for Boeing 35+ years. Later ALF President.


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Air Force 2030 Video

"In order to defend America, we need your help to innovate smarter and faster," according to AFRL's website. "Our warfighters depend on us to keep the fight unfair and we will deliver."

In addition to the F/X, the AFRL video features the Air Force's "Loyal Wingman" initiative, in which a manned fighter jet can command and control a swarm of attack and surveillance drones.”

 

  FX Fighter Concept

FX Fighter Concept


Twentieth century man must boldly reach out...
And purposefully strive to discover the hidden secrets of our universe.
— Astronaut John Young

 B-21 Raider? Image- Nationalinterest .org

B-21 Raider? Image- Nationalinterest .org

 

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