AKA: Daugherty, Earl S., Field, Long Beach, CA

Structure Type: built works - infrastructure - transportation structures - airports

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1923

Long Beach, CA

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The Long Beach City Council set aside 150 acres for use as a municipal airport in 1923, naming it for a local aviator, Earl S. Daugherty. The city provided hangars and office buildings for use by the Army and Navy in the 1928-1930, and constructed two runways c. 1935. In 1936, the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Authority erected a control tower to direct traffic, and four years later, architects, W. Horace Austin and Kenneth S. Wing, Jr., designed a new terminal building. In 1941, the airport covered over 500 acres.

The Long Beach City Council approved a plan to add three new gates to the existing Streamline Moderne Terminal in 2007. It was hoped that the project would be completed by 2011 and increase passenger traffic from 3 million annually to 4.2 million. The arrival of the airline, Jet Blue, to Long Beach in 2001, spurred this increase in capacity.

PCAD id: 2891