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Through the Decades - 95th Anniversary Celebration

Over the past 95 years, Long Beach Airport (LGB) has cultivated a unique history filled with memories and milestones. As part of LGB’s 95th anniversary, we’ll be traveling back in time and revisiting some of the important moments that helped shape LGB as we know it today.
20s - LGB’s founding dates back to 1923, when 150 acres near the intersection of Spring and Cherry was set aside for use as an airfield. It was named Daugherty Field after one of Long Beach’s pioneer aviators and became the first municipal airport to serve Southern California. However, it was not until 1928-30 that actual significant development of the airport began when the City built hangars and administrative facilities for the Navy and Army Corps.






30s -The 1930s were a pivotal time for the growth of LGB. The first known, overall plan for the airport was prepared by the City Engineer and adopted by the City Council in 1940; it served to guide the airport development through the World War II period. Two runways were…

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