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LAistory: Grand Central Air Terminal

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LAistory is a series that takes us on a journey to what came before to help us understand where we are today. So far we've been to Val Verde (the "Black Palm Springs"), Thelma Todd's Roadside Cafe, a house in Beverly Hills, Echo Park's Bonnie Brae House, and the long-gone Marineland of the Pacific. Now we're taking to the skies and flying back to the Golden Era of air travel right here in Glendale...

The early days of air travel in Los Angeles have essentially nothing to do with those often dreaded letters L-A-X. In fact, the origins of commercial air travel in America began in Glendale in the early portion of the 20th century in what eventually became Grand Central Air Terminal (GCAT).