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File #: 13-0854    Version: 1 Name: CD5-LB Aviation Museum
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 9/20/2013 In control: City Council
On agenda: 10/1/2013 Final action: 10/1/2013
Title: Recommendation to, by motion of the City Council, request City Manager to discuss with the Boeing Company the donation of both a building on the Boeing site suitable to locate a Long Beach Aviation Museum and the archives, photographs and memorabilia related to operations of Douglas Aircraft, McDonnell-Douglas and Boeing in Long Beach from 1940 through 2015.
Sponsors: COUNCILWOMAN GERRIE SCHIPSKE, FIFTH DISTRICT
Attachments: 1. 100113-R-11sr.pdf, 2. 100113-R-11 Petition.pdf
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Recommendation to, by motion of the City Council, request City Manager to discuss with the Boeing Company the donation of both a building on the Boeing site suitable to locate a Long Beach Aviation Museum and the archives, photographs and memorabilia related to operations of Douglas Aircraft, McDonnell-Douglas and Boeing in Long Beach from 1940 through 2015.

DISCUSSION
Long Beach Aviation History: Without a doubt, few cities can boast of an aviation history such as the one Long Beach enjoys. From the early 1900's when balloonists flew over the Pine Avenue Pier and Cal Rodgers landed his transcontinental flight in 1911 near Seaside and Linden Avenues, to the 1920's when lessons given by John Montijo to fledging pilot Amelia Earhart qualified her to fly in the "Long Beach Air Circus" with Early Daugherty, and then the rollout of the first airplane made at Douglas Aircraft in 1941, Long Beach continued to make aviation history at the site known as Douglas Aircraft, then McDonnell Douglas and then Boeing. During its 73-plus-year history, the facility produced more than 15,000 airplanes, including the DC-3, DC-8, DC-9, DC-10, MD-80, MD-90 and MD-11 and 717 passenger planes, as well as such military airplanes as the famed C-47 (military version of the DC-3), the B-17 (in cooperation with Boeing), the A-20, A-26, C-74, C-124, A-4D, C-133 and the C-17. The City of Long Beach has spent considerable time, money and energy in support of Boeing's efforts to maintain funding of its C-17 by the U.S. Air Force, but unfortunately production will cease in 2015.

Aviation Museum and Preservation of Archives, Photographs and Memorabilia: While the announced closure of the C-17 plant in 2015 by Boeing will end this era of Long Beach history, it presents an excellent opportunity for the City to partner with Boeing to create a lasting legacy to commemorate our aviation history and to preserve archives, photographs and memorabilia that are specific to the history and resident...

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