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Hollywood Airfields

Hollywood Airfield Photos & History

Hollywood Airfield Photos & History

One of Hollywood's least known bit of history was that Hollywood had its own airfields, for a very short periods.  Airfields of the Hollywood aviators were often motion picture sets. Mostly open cropland at the time, the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles was the setting for hundreds of feature films and shorts. The largest collection of Hollywood Airfield photos is on the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

Photo of DeMille Field

DeMille Aviation Fields

From the turn of the 20th century, oil wells and derricks peppered the landscape in the area just south of Hollywood. While while derricks were fast becoming part of the landscape around Wilshire Boulevard in the very early part...

Hollywood Airfield Photos

Hollywood Airfield Photos

It is rarely known by the general public, including Hollywood historians, that there was a couple of airfields just south of Hollywood. Located at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue were two airfields. Cecil B DeMille was not only a wonderful film director, he was also an aviation pioneer. In late 1918, he formed the Mercury aviation company and established DeMille field #2, on the north side of Wilshire Boulevard and the west side of Crescent, now Fairfax Avenue.

Businessman Syd Chaplin came to Hollywood in 1919 to manage his brother, Charlie Chaplin. Being well-financed, he explored the struggling aeronautical industry and founded the chaplain aerodrome along with Emory Rogers. They established their aerodrome at the airfield across from the DeMille field #2. Syd Chaplin's involvement in the airfield lasted for only a few months, and was taken over by Emory Rogers, who named the airfield, Roger’s Field....

Early Hollywood Airfields photos by Hollywoodphotographs.com

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In the roaring 1920s aviation came alive, especially in Los Angeles. Airfields sprouted up everywhere, and with Hollywood's new motion picture industry taking root, aviation was embraced by many top producers and directors.

Cecil B. DeMille [1881-1959] was one of Hollywood's general aviation pioneers. In 1917 he bought a wrecked Canuck in Canada and had it shipped here and restored to flying condition. With this plane he became competent and later spent time in the U.S. Air Service as a pilot. After the war he built his first airfield at Crescent Blvd. [now Fairfax Ave.] and Melrose. He then bought two more Canucks and six Curtiss JN-4D's ['Jennies']. Business increased as he added equipment and in late 1918 he formed the ...