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Grand Central Air Terminal
 
 
 
This airport which, in the postwar years, became known a Glendale Airport, had a well-known flying school, The Grand Central Flying School. In May 1939, this school was one of nine such schools in the country selected by the Army Air Corps to train Air Corps pilots. They also trained pilots for the Royal Air Force. After a while, though, the Army Air Corps canceled its contract with this school because of mounting air congestion in the area. During World War II, TWA had its western terminus at Grand Central.
 
The runway was extended (by closing down several adjacent streets), and a squadron of P-38s were based there for coastal defense. The 1944 US Army/Navy Directory of Airfields
described Grand Central as having a 5,000' hard-surfaced runway, and indicated that Army operations were conducted from the field.as a sub-base to Van Nuys Metropolitan Airport.
 
In 1955, Grand Central was closed because it was too small for the larger jet planes then becoming prevalent.
 
Source: World War II Sites in the United States: A Tour Guide and Directory by Richard E. Osbourne
 
Known Units at Grand Central Air Teminal
 
402nd Army Air Forces Base Unit (Fighter) (318th Wing)

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