Burbank Airport to Celebrate 70th Anniversary with Community Open House

Airfield Tours, Vintage Aircraft & Photo Displays, Food & Refreshments to Highlight Saturday, June 3 Event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BURBANK, Calif., May 30, 2000 — The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority will celebrate the 70thanniversary of Burbank Airport with a community open house Saturday, June 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The general public has been invited to participate in tours of the airfield, with a midpoint stop to view a Lockheed Super Constellation, a DC-3 and a Martin 404 on static display.  Food and refreshments will also be served.

The airport originally opened on Memorial Day weekend in 1930, and a banner marking the airport’s 70 years was hoisted over the just-past Memorial Day weekend to mark the occasion.

“Seven decades is a significant milestone, and we decided it presented us with a wonderful opportunity to get together with our neighbors,” said Executive Director Dios Marrero.

Through newspaper advertisement and other publicity, guests are being invited to park on Lot D, north of Winona Avenue on Hollywood Way, where buses will pick them up for the airfield tour and refreshment stop.  The circuit will take one to one and a half hours.

When Burbank Airport opened in 1930, it was called United Airport, having been built by a division of United Aircraft & Transport Corporation.  It was renamed Union Air Terminal in 1934 and was the primary airport for Los Angeles until the end  of World War II.

Lockheed Aircraft Company bought the airport in 1940 and renamed it Lockheed Air Terminal.  Commercial air traffic continued even while Lockheed supplied the war effort and developed numerous military and civilian aircraft in the ensuing decades.  Lockheed again changed the airport’s name in the 1960s, this time to Hollywood-Burbank Airport.  Following Lockheed’s sale of the airport in 1978 to a joint powers authority created by Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport acquired its current name.

Today Burbank Airport serves nearly 5 million annual passengers on flights by Alaska, American, America West, Southwest and United Airlines.