Aerial view of Santa Monica Airport circa 1924, when it was named Clover Field.
Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Aerial view of Santa Monica Airport circa 1924, when it was named Clover Field.

Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Dedication of Los Angeles International Airport — then named Mines Field — in June 1930.
How did LAX emerge from the bean fields of Westchester? Find out in L.A. as Subject’s latest KCET contribution, “From Mines Field to LAX: The Early History of L.A. International Airport.”

Dedication of Los Angeles International Airport — then named Mines Field — in June 1930.

How did LAX emerge from the bean fields of Westchester? Find out in L.A. as Subject’s latest KCET contribution, “From Mines Field to LAX: The Early History of L.A. International Airport.”

In 1929, the 776-foot-long Graf Zeppelin docked at Mines Field, the present-day site of the Los Angeles International Airport.

In 1929, the 776-foot-long Graf Zeppelin docked at Mines Field, the present-day site of the Los Angeles International Airport.

Testing the new heliport atop the Santa Monica Hospital on this day in 1954.

Testing the new heliport atop the Santa Monica Hospital on this day in 1954.

1920 aerial view, looking north, of the intersection of Wilshire Blvd (running left-right) and Fairfax Blvd (top-bottom) during an aviation fair. The area in the top-right of the photograph, near the cluster of oil wells, is today home to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the adjacent La Brea Tar Pits.

1920 aerial view, looking north, of the intersection of Wilshire Blvd (running left-right) and Fairfax Blvd (top-bottom) during an aviation fair. The area in the top-right of the photograph, near the cluster of oil wells, is today home to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the adjacent La Brea Tar Pits.