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Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California

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Why did Southern California become the aerospace capital of the world? What were the consequences of this development for the region, for the nation, and for aerospace itself? Featuring essays by a multidisciplinary group of leading scholars and writers, this volume investigates the intersection of aerospace and Southern California through the lenses of anthropology, history of science and technology, labor, business, ethnicity and gender, architecture, and the environment.

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Overview

Why did Southern California become the aerospace capital of the world? What were the consequences of this development for the region, for the nation, and for aerospace itself? Featuring essays by a multidisciplinary group of leading scholars and writers, this volume investigates the intersection of aerospace and Southern California through the lenses of anthropology, history of science and technology, labor, business, ethnicity and gender, architecture, and the environment.

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Editorial Reviews

Southern California Quarterly - Matthew Ides
“Contribute[s] much to the history of southern California, the aerospace industry, innovations in science and technology, and the American West.”
Choice - R. P. Hallion
“Westwick and the Huntington Library are to be congratulated for undertaking this work. . . . Highly recommended.”
The British Journal for the History of Science
"Blue Sky Metropolis underlines the worth of a well-thought-out and well-executed collection on an important topic."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873282499
  • Publisher: Huntington Library Press
  • Publication date: 6/4/2012
  • Series: Western Histories
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter J. Westwick is an assistant professor of history at the University of Southern California and director of the Aerospace History Project, an initiative of the Huntington-USC
Institute on California and the West.

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Table of Contents

Foreword William Deverell vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction Peter J. Westwick 1

Photoessay: An Album of Early Southern California Aviation Peter J. Westwick 15

Section I The Human Element

Lost in Aerospace D. J. Waldie 37

Cold Warrior's Daughter M. G. Lord 45

Section II The Work

Robert E. Gross and the Rise of Lockheed: The Creative Tension between Engineering and Finance Sherman N. Mullin 57

Los Angeles Aircraft Workers and the Consolidation of Cold War Politics Anita Seth 79

The Vanishing Act: Stealth Airplanes and Cold War Southern California Mihir Pandya 105

Section III Culture

Spaces for the Space Age: William Pereira's Aerospace Modernism Stuart W. Leslie 127

Aerospace and Hollywood: How Computer Animation Went from Space to Cineplex Peter J. Westwick 159

From L5 to X Prize: California's Alternative Space Movement Patrick McCray 171

Section IV Communities

Engineering a New Space: Chinese American Scientists and Engineers in Aerospace in Southern California Zuoyue Wang 197

The Air Force and the Chumash: The "Curse of Slick-6" Dwayne A. Day 215

Section V Geography

Aerospace in the Rest of California: The View from Silicon Valley Glenn E. Bugos 227

Blueprinting the Regional City: The Urban and Environmental Legacies of the Air Industry in Southern California Wade Graham 247

Afterword Philip Scranton 275

Selected Bibliography on Southern California Aerospace 287

Contributors 295

Index 297

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