American Aviation Historical Society
Share a Day of American Aviation History

February 13, 2016

Grand Central Air Terminal Glendale, CA


AAHS members, aviation history buffs, photographers, authors, modelers, and those that enjoy the California sunshine in February, plan on attending the American Aviation Historical Society’s (AAHS) Annual Gathering on Saturday,  February 13, at the historic Grand Central Air Terminal (GCAT) in Glendale, California.

This is a PRIVATE VIEWING of Disney's immaculate restoration of an icon of early California aviation. Hear the history of this famous building and the significant role it played in Southern California's aviation industry.

GCAT is privately owned and will have only very LIMITED public access. Sign up NOW to be able to see this unique building that served as the "airport of the stars" and hosted early commercial air transportation on the west coast as well as serving as a primary arrival and departure point for early trans-continental air travel.

The event includes:

February 12, Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Leslie Coombs Brand Library & Art Center
1601 W. Mountain Street
Glendale, CA 91201

Brand Library & Art Center, just a few short blocks from the Grand Central Air Terminal (GCAT). This Moroccan style building, built in 1904, was once the home of developer Leslie Coombs Brand, who donated this property to the city that he helped found. Brand supported the development of aviation in Glendale, holding the first ever ‘fly-in’ BBQ in 1921 at this site, where only attendees who arrived by air were allowed.

Attendees are welcome to join up for dinner at a nearby restaurant, for drinks, dinner and social time.


February 13, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Glendale Central Air Terminal
    1310 Air Way
    Glendale, CA

  • Tour of the restored GCAT building
  • An overview of GCAT history and renovation by Disney
  • Lunch and Refreshments
  • Raffle and Prizes


February 14, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. (Optional)

Join aviation buffs on a scenic fly-over of Glendale and scenic Southern California in the ’Thunderbird Air Service” DC-3A, operated by Aviator Flight Training. This DC-3, which served as a C-53 during WWII, dropping paratroopers in Sicily, Germany, and on D-Day, has been refitted as a luxury civilian liner, piloted by warbird pilot/owner Dan Wotring, of Aviator Flight Training ( This scenic flight, over downtown Los Angeles, San Pedro harbor, the Queen Mary and other notable locations, is just $99.00 per seat.

DC-3 cabin


The flight(s) will operate from the El Monte Airport (About 20 minutes form GCAT - maps will be available at registration). The flight will depart at 10:30 a.m. If signups exceed capacity, a second flight will depart at noon. Refunds will be made only if the flight(s) must be canceled for mechanical or weather issues, or by request made 48 hours in advance to schedule departure.


  • $99/person    registration

Non-members are welcome to attend. Why not join the AAHS now and enjoy the membership benefits?

Pricing for the day’s amazing aviation events is a donation of:

  • $75/person for AAHS members & 1 guest
  • $95/person for non-members (includes 1-year e-membership)



Hotel reservations are available for a reduced
AAHS event rate of $113, at:

Extended Stay America
1377 Glenoaks Blvd
Glendale, CA 91201

(Ask for the American Aviation
Historical Society special rate.)



Space is limited for this event. 

Make your reservations now!




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