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Author Tillack, Coralie Hewitt, 1920-
Title Coralie Hewitt Tillack collection.

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Description 1.34 linear feet.
Access The collection is open for research use.
Summary Articles, ephemeral items, historical sketches, manuscripts, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, reports, research papers and related items documenting Mrs. Tillack's work writing her history of the Burbank Airport. The Hollywood-Burbank Airport opened its doors to the public on May 30, 1930 with a spectacular three-day celebration. At that time, it was named "United Airport," and it encompassed an area of 240 acres which had been purchased and developed by Boeing Air Transport, later known as United Aircraft and Transportation Corporation. In 1934, United Airlines, a subsidiary of the Corporation, merged with several other commercial airlines that had been operating out of the Grand Central Terminal in Glendale, and the airport was renamed "Union Airport." In a brief history of the airport, Coralie Tillack tells us that, "Under the ownership of United, the airfield was a mecca for the golden age of aviation, the time of the Lindberghs, Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post, and Howard Hughes. They all touched down on the field to set the first flight records of speed, altitude, and distance, and to fly the airplanes that became as famous as the pilots who flew them into history." The Lockheed Aircraft Corporation purchased the airport in 1940 and renamed it the "Lockheed Air Terminal." Under Lockheed, the airport was expanded to 500 acres and the runways were lengthened. It became one of the four leading airports in the country. A quote from Coralie Tillack's manuscript tells us that during the war years, "...Lockheed Air Terminal assumed a dual role accommodating military flights from all over the world, and at the same time, served as the major commercial landing field in the Los Angeles area." With the opening of Los Angeles International Airport in 1946, Lockheed Air Terminal suffered a dramatic setback when the majority of the major airlines moved their operations to the Inglewood facility. In the ensuing years, however, the airport proved its ability for survival as it became the largest privately-owned airport in the United States. It was utilized for air cargo and aviation fuel services, and became the site for movie and television filming. In recent years, it has become the center for local service airlines. After a major fire in 1966, the terminal was reconstructed and modernized and was given the new name, "Hollywood-Burbank Airport," and today services an area of more than three million people. In 2004, the airport was again re-named the Bob Hope-Burbank Airport.
Note Born in Colorado on August 6, 1920, Coralie Hewitt came to California in 1939 after completing two years at Texas A & M University. Soon after her arrival in California, she enrolled in night school and graduated from Beverly Hills Secretarial College. In 1956, Coralie began her 26-year employment with Lockheed Air Terminal which is located in Burbank, California. Starting as a telephone switchboard operator and later transferring to Field Operations, Coralie was captivated by the history of the first million-dollar airport constructed in the United States, and she began gathering material to write a column for the company newspaper. Over the years, Coralie accumulated a large collection of newspaper clippings, magazines, books, and photographs, along with her notes from personal interviews with many of the airport's longtime employees. In 1982, she retired to write her own story of the airport, and her manuscript, Once Upon an Airport, was copyrighted in June 1987. Later that year, she generously donated her fine collection to the Urban Archives. Mrs. Tillack presently lives in the San Fernando Valley with her husband, Glen, and stays in close touch with her two grown sons, Steven and Scott.
C.H. Tillack; Gift; 1987.
Subject Tillack, Coralie Hewitt, 1920- -- Archives.
Lockheed Air Terminal (Burbank, Calif.) -- History.
Lockheed Aircraft Corporation -- History.
Airports -- California -- Burbank (Los Angeles County) -- History.
Aeronautics -- California -- Burbank (Los Angeles County) -- History.
Airport terminals -- California -- Burbank (Los Angeles County) -- History.
San Fernando Valley (Calif.) -- History.
Bob Hope Airport (Los Angeles County, Calif.) -- History.
Tillack, Coralie Hewitt, 1920- . Once upon an airport.
Related Names Tillack, Coralie Hewitt, 1920- . Once upon an airport.
Lockheed Aircraft Corporation.
OCLC number 22975566