land or an abandoned structure where it could display its memorabilia.
Unfortunately, those hopes have been replaced with reality.
"With all the old aviation sites, there have been plenty of empty
buildings -- plenty of opportunities -- but too much red tape," said
museum President Les Copeland.
Aviation enthusiast Ron Dickson said he understands the city can't
just give buildings away, but was disappointed there was no support from
Lockheed or the airport authority. Dickson said he had spoken to airport
deputy director Randy Berg about possible space in a proposed new
"It's just too early to know now," Berg said. "We don't even know the
plans for the new building."
Berg and airport authority spokesman Victor Gill both said the airport
plans to devote substantial resources to preserving aviation history.
"We would like to have preservation through exhibit space so that
visitors would have an idea of the history," Gill said.
Burbank's aviation history includes flights by great aviators like the
Lindberghs, Amelia Earhart and Wiley Post. Lockheed also produced
numerous aircraft in Burbank that were integral to the country's success
in World War II, the Korean War and during the Cold War.
It's not only the planes that Dickson believes should be remembered,
but also the people who designed, built and flew them.
"I wanted a place where the old-timers could come and sit and talk so
we could document their stories, because when they're gone, the history
is gone," Dickson said.
Preservation of Burbank's aviation history is extremely important said
Mary Jane Strickland, founder of the Burbank Historical Society.
"[Aviation] was such an integral part of Burbank's history,"
Strickland said. "It brought thousands of jobs and changed the face of
The Burbank Historical Society has no room to display any of the
memorabilia from the Burbank Aviation Museum. The museum houses a $35,000
Lockheed display, funded by Lockheed. Her museum is out of space,
"It's a shame they don't have a space of their own," she said. "But
your talking a lot of money, and it's hard to do."