Early Aviation Missiles and Aerospace Apollo & Space Shuttle
We Are The Aerospace Legacy Foundation
“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.”
― Carl Sagan
Our Website is a CELEBRATION of Southern California aerospace history
A community based 501(c)(3) organization from Downey, California; since 1995, dedicated to preserving Southern California's aerospace history and the establishment of an aerospace learning center in Downey (2008).
The Aerospace Legacy Foundation website is a bonanza of information on Southern California aerospace history.
Supporting the Columbia Memorial Space Center and collaborating with the center on projects supporting Downey's aerospace history and its exciting educational outreach (STEM).
A large collection of artifacts, photos and assets related to the former Downey NASA Industrial Site (Formerly Boeing and Rockwell International).
Affiliated with Financial Partners Credit Union, Downey Historical Society, Downey Coordinating Council and North American Aviation Bald Eagles Retirees.
Onsite for 10 years after the closing of the former Boeing plant, which became Downey Studios and now the Promenade of Downey. Performed "urban archaeology" at the site; the first plant building was built in 1929 (EMSCO wing of Building 1).
Chief Sponsor of "Pioneers in Aviation, the Race to the Moon", a PBS production and future E-Book.
We sponsor and participate in events related to aviation and aerospace and frequently speak on panels for such events.
Speaker's Bureau a resource for educators includes retired aerospace engineers and aerospace historians.
Images and archival material related to early aviation and aerospace programs from the Southern California area and the nation.
Extensive online Library of helpful links.
Retiree base of local aerospace workers with a special knowledge of Southern California aerospace history.
Involved in an on-going partnership to record and save oral histories of our former aerospace employees (Pioneers of Aerospace)
Advocating the establishment of a Welcome Center "archive" at the former Emsco Building, Vultee Rotunda or historic Kaufmann Wing as stated here.
Loss of Columbia Is a Personal One for Downey
Image above- The former plant at 12214 Lakewood Boulevard is seen here in the 1950's loaded with Hound Dog Missiles on their carriers. Air Force Plant 16 / North American Aviation, Downey, Ca, 1959-1960. "The Hound Dog, originally designated B-77, was re-designated GAM-77 and then became the AGM-28. North American Aviation designed the missile so that two could be carried on specially modified B-52's, one beneath each wing. The navigation systems of the B-52 and the GAM-77 were integrated so that the B-52 navigator could cross-check data with the automated system in the Hound Dogs." Source- Boeing
"Although the Air Force canceled the Navaho program in 1957, in its 10 years of existence, the Navaho made many key technological breakthroughs. The X-10 Navaho test drone was the first turbojet-powered vehicle to reach Mach 2 and the first aircraft to fly a complete mission under inertial (computerized) guidance. Its booster engine set a record by producing 405,000 pounds of thrust. The X-10 was the only missile to be classified as an "X" plane and completed more than 20 flights. Data from these flights led to the development of the SM-64 Navaho ground-to-ground missile system." Boeing