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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ALF in Action - STEM/STEAM Event at the Columbia Memorial Space Center in April

Stan Barauskas (ALF Director) and Arlene Busby (ALF President)

Stan Barauskas (ALF Director) and Arlene Busby (ALF President)

ALF Directors Larry Latimer and Stan Barauskas at USC's Doheny  Library (Archive Convention)

ALF Directors Larry Latimer and Stan Barauskas at USC's Doheny  Library (Archive Convention)


Last Bald Eagles Luncheon on April 29

James Kindelberger Graham

James Kindelberger Graham

James Kindelberger Graham

... spoke at the North American Bald Eagles Retiree luncheon Saturday April, 29.

Jim is the grandson James Howard "Dutch" Kindelberger,  

American aviation pioneer who led North American Aviation from 1934-1960.

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"James Howard "Dutch" Kindelberger was born in Wheeling, W.Va., on May 8, 1895, the son of steelworker Charles Frederick Kindelberger. Kindelberger started working in the steel industry with his father but, in 1916, when he was 21 years old, went to study at the Carnegie Institute of Technology.

The United States entered World War I in 1917, and Dutch Kindelberger joined the Army to serve in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps. He was a pilot instructor based at Park Field in Memphis, Tenn.

After the war, Kindelberger looked for work in aviation. In 1919, he married Thelma Knarr and, in 1920, became chief draftsman and assistant chief engineer with the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Company in Cleveland, Ohio. Five years later, he joined Douglas Aircraft in California as chief engineer. Kindelberger remained with Douglas for nine years, leading development of the DC-1 and the DC-2.

In 1934, Kindelberger became president and general manager of General Aviation, later renamed North American Aviation Inc., and served as general manager until 1948, when he became chairman and chief executive officer. Under his guidance, North American Aviation broke technological barriers; produced propeller- and jet-powered fighters and bombers, military trainers, rocket engines, and rocket-powered aircraft; and began its role as the prime contractor for the country's space program.

Kindelberger retired in 1960 as chief executive officer at the age of 65 and was succeeded by Lee Atwood. Kindelberger remained chairman of the board until his death two years later." Source- Boeing


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Abandoned & Little Known Airfields

"History and Mystery Combined"



Movies To See

"Hidden Figures"

Based on the 2016 book by Margot Lee Shetterly

NASA Biography: Katherine Johnson                     NASA Biography: Dorothy Vaughan                     NASA Biography: Mary Jackson

Katherine Johnson at NASA

Katherine Johnson at NASA

In the early 1960s, as the U.S. seeks to surpass the Soviet Union in the space race, three mathematically and technologically gifted African-American women must cope with racism and sexism while performing vital tasks at NASA's segregated Virginia facilities.

Awards won by Hidden Figures

Scene from the movie "Hidden Figures". AP Image.

Scene from the movie "Hidden Figures". AP Image.


As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes. Written by 20th Century Fox

****  The Aerospace Legacy Foundation Recommends This Movie  ****



Support the Columbia Space Center


Downey's Columbia Memorial Space Center is a shrine to STEM/STEAM

Downey's Columbia Memorial Space Center is a shrine to STEM/STEAM


The Titan Rover Group

Cal-State Fullerton

Sponsorship Information

Help out these local college students with an incredible project!

Titan Rover Needs Your Support! 

Titan Rover is a platform to transition engineering students to professionals. We need any and all forms of sponsorship including cash donations, gifts in-kind, and mentorships.

Your tax-deductible gift to our project will ensure we will have the funds we need for servos, motors, raw materials, telemetry systems, sensors, and whatever else we need to complete our project. 

Whether your contribution is $10 or $1,000 (or more!), you will help the Titan Rover Team complete their project and enable California State University, Fullerton to shine among the other universities at the competition.

Every gift counts, so choose your level of support below and watch for updates on our success. From all of us at Titan Rover, we thank you for your support!

Please read our Sponsor Information  packet for more information.


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1954-2016      James Milton Busby- Former ALF President



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