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.

The Aerospace Library


Downey's Aerospace History      Early Aviation      Missiles and Aerospace      Apollo & Space Shuttle

Pioneers in Aviation     STEM/STEAM     Astronomy     Downey Studios     Space Exploration


Welcome! Shuttle Launch. NASA

Aerospace Educational Resources    Newsletters    PDF's


Research, Curiosity and Fun!

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North American Aviation- North American Rockwell Newsletters (Skywriters) S&ID

North American Aviation Bald Eagles Newsletters


Our newsletters

Reading our newsletters you will see, through the years, what ALF is all about...

Preserving Our Past- Focusing on the Future


Downey Aviator by Larry Latimer
Downey Studios

E.M. Smith and EMSCO Aircraft



 Jerry Vultee

Jerry Vultee

 North American Aviation logo and Rockwell International logo

North American Aviation logo and Rockwell International logo

Apollo Spacecraft

Apollo, and then some...


"When John F. Kennedy became president in January 1961, Americans had the perception that the United States was losing the "space race" with the Soviets. President Kennedy understood the need and had the vision of not only matching the Soviets, but surpassing them. On May 25, 1961, he stood before Congress and proclaimed that “this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.”On September 12, 1962, President Kennedy delivered a speech describing his goals for the nation’s space effort before a crowd of 35,000 people in the football stadium at Rice University in Houston, Texas". Play the speech above by clicking the 'play' triangle.

Browse the Apollo Archive


Apollo Spacecraft Status Report NASA (Part 1 of 2)

Apollo Spacecraft Status Report No 2 1966 NASA- Video

Harrison Storms Bio and the story of Downey's Role in the Space Race

Apollo 11 Mission Highlights : Neil Armstrong Landing On The Moon - NASA Space Documentary

First Moon Landing 1969 -Video

Project Apollo- The Tough Decisions

Apollo Program: Fly Me To The Moon And Back (1966) Video

Apollo 11: Launch July 16, 1969 - Video

Benefits from Apollo: Giant Leaps in Technology

Apollo By The Numbers

Houston, We've had A problem

A Brief Selective History of the Apollo Program

Where No Man Has Gone Before

On The Frontier- Mr. Hugh Dryden

Final Moon Mission - Apollo 17 (1972) - Rare Moon Landing Video

Apollo Program Summary Report

Apollo Spacecraft Systems

THE LOST ARCHIVES: NASA's Mercury, Gemini, Apollo Missions

Historic Spacecraft- Apollo

Building 290- Historical Summary

Charles H. Feltz, Chief Engineer, Apollo Program-  Oral History

ALF Apollo Page



Bill Boeing, Dutch Kindelberger, Donald Douglas and James McDonnell

Pioneers in Aviation

Remembering William E. Boeing Jr. 1922-2015

William L. Boeing Jr.

William E. Boeing and pilot Eddie Hubbard flew the first international mail flight to the U.S. on March 3, 1919 from Vancouver, B.C. to Seattle. Photo- Boeing

  James Smith McDonnell. "Mac"

James Smith McDonnell. "Mac"

Glen L. Martin Aviator
  Howard Hughes 1934

Howard Hughes 1934

   "On June 11, the Ford Trimotor made its first flight. Known as the "Tin Goose," the plane was a high-wing monoplane with all-metal construction and a corrugated skin."  FAA

"On June 11, the Ford Trimotor made its first flight. Known as the "Tin Goose," the plane was a high-wing monoplane with all-metal construction and a corrugated skin." FAA

Above- Charles Lindbergh with Anthony


About Charles Lindbergh-

He played a role in the advent of the space program

"Lindbergh was a famous proponent of early air travel, but he also helped sow the seeds of the space program through his work with Robert Goddard, the so-called “father of modern rocketry.” Lindbergh first learned about Goddard’s experiments with liquid-fueled rockets in late-1929, and the two soon struck up a lifelong friendship. Convinced that Goddard’s work might one day facilitate a trip to the moon, Lindbergh became the physicist’s greatest champion and even persuaded philanthropist Daniel Guggenheim to give him $100,000 in funding. Goddard’s breakthroughs would later prove invaluable in the development of early missiles and space travel. When Apollo 8 became the first manned space mission to orbit the moon in 1968, Lindbergh sent the astronauts a message saying, “You have turned into reality the dream of Robert Goddard.” More here...




The Hubble and Kepler Space Telescopes


Breathtaking Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 7331


Above- Edwin Hubble and telescope.

Hubble Space Telescope- More on Hubble at