Aerospace Legacy Foundation

Your portal to America's aerospace history

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Aerospace Legacy Foundation (ALF) is a community based non-profit organization (501c3) including aerospace retirees and the public at large. Large collection of artifacts, photos and assets from the former Downey NASA Industrial Site (Boeing/ Downey Studios). Speakers Bureau, Sponsor of Pioneers in Aviation, the Race to the Moon. Downey, California is the home of Apollo and the Space Shuttle programs.

Preserving Our Past, Focusing On The Future

 

 

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.” 
― Carl Sagan

 

Vultee Aircraft in Downey, California 1940's. This historic building is still standing at 12214 Lakewood Blvd.

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Security Aircraft Company (formerly EMSCO Aircraft) in 1933. Mr. Bert Kinner leased the former Emsco factory but only stayed about 1 year, 1932-33. This is the corner of Washburn Crossing Road and Cerritos Ave. (Lakewood Blvd.) in Downey, California. The Depression had a wide reach, affecting so many business's and families.Photo- USC Digital Photo Archive.  

Security Aircraft Company (formerly EMSCO Aircraft) in 1933. Mr. Bert Kinner leased the former Emsco factory but only stayed about 1 year, 1932-33. This is the corner of Washburn Crossing Road and Cerritos Ave. (Lakewood Blvd.) in Downey, California. The Depression had a wide reach, affecting so many business's and families.Photo- USC Digital Photo Archive.

 

"This is where the dreams Live..."

 

Our Website is a CELEBRATION of America's aerospace history

 

We are a local community organization (501c3) from Downey, California; since 1995, dedicated to preserving Southern California's aerospace history and the establishment of an aerospace learning center in Downey. Founded by Jeanne Claire Dowd and Ed Dowd in 1995.

 The Aerospace Legacy Foundation (ALF) controls a large collection of artifacts, photos and assets related to the former Downey NASA Industrial Site and donated collections. ALF was onsite for 10 years after the closing of the former Boeing plant which became Downey Studios and now the Promenade of Downey.

 We offer a local Speaker's Bureau and resources for educators. We have thousands of images and archival material related to early aviation and aerospace programs from the Southern California area. Our website is an educational bonanza on Southern California's aerospace history.

We are affiliated with the North American Aviation "Bald Eagles", the Downey Historical Society, the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, as well as Financial Partners Credit Union. We are also an active member of the Downey Coordinating Council, working with other non-profits, including the Downey Conservancy and the Downey Arts Coalition. 

Our large retiree base of local aerospace workers give us a special knowledge of Downey's aerospace history and the nation's story of landing a man on the Moon. 

We are involved in an on-going partnership to record and save Oral Histories of our former aerospace employees from early aviation to the Shuttle Program and beyond.

ALF is a repository for many collections of aerospace memorabilia, documents and more . 

We continue to advocate for the establishment of a Visitor Center Archive at the former Emsco Building, Vultee Rotunda or historic Kaufmann Wing as stated here- 

We support the Columbia Memorial Space Center and enjoy collaborating with the center on projects supporting Downey's aerospace history and it's exciting educational outreach (STEM).

 We are the sponsors 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.

Many of the images on the ALF website are from the ALF Archive, the Downey Historical Society, NASA, and numerous web based sources. We strive to credit sources.

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Consolidated Vultee  XP-54

The "Swoose Goose"

"The XP-54 was unique in numerous ways. The pressurized cockpit required a complex entry system: the pilot’s seat acted as an elevator for cockpit access from the ground. The pilot lowered the seat electrically, sat in it, and raised it into the cockpit. Bail-out procedure was complicated by the pressurization system and necessitated a downward ejection of the pilot and seat in order to clear the propeller arc. Also, the nose section could pivot through the vertical, three degrees up and six degrees down. In the nose, two 37 mm T-9 cannon were in rigid mounts while two .50 cal machine guns were in movable mounts. Movement of the nose and machine guns was controlled by a special compensating gun sight. Thus, the cannon trajectory could be elevated without altering the flight attitude of the airplane. The large nose section gave rise to its whimsical nickname, the Swoose Goose, inspired by a song about Alexander who was half swan and half goose: "Alexander was a swoose." Wiki

 

 

North American Aviation Service recognition dinner 1964

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Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet and writer, cited in In the Shadow of the Moon

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