Remember when McDonnell Douglas thrived in Long Beach?

McDonnell Douglas once thrived in Long Beach, California. Photo: Aero Icarus/Flickr, via Creative Commons.

McDonnell Douglas once thrived in Long Beach, California. Photo: Aero Icarus/Flickr, via Creative Commons.

As most of you know, Southern California has a long and proud aerospace history. Unfortunately, most of it happened before I moved to Los Angeles in 2009, so I never had a chance to cover a thriving industry here. 

I mention this now because I learned this week that McDonnell Douglas used to "drive" planes to Long Beach Airport before delivery. 

Isn't this a great picture?

For more information about the long McDonnell-Douglas (and Douglas Aircraft) history in Long Beach, try these stories:

This is the End of Building Planes in Long Beach, September 2013, KCET.

COMPANIES Long Goodbye: After 72 Years In Operation Boeing (BA) Commits To Long Beach Closure In Mid-2015, Ending C-17 Globemaster And 2,200 Jobs, April 2014, International Business Times.

Touring the Ghosts of Douglas Aircraft Company’s Past, May 2012, Cranky Flier.

Farewell Douglas: Two McDonnell Douglas jetliners are put to pasture, and the world of aviation becomes that much less interesting, February 2014, Ask the Pilot. 

Do you live in Southern California? Do you have any fond memories of McDonnell Douglas? If you do, share them in the comments section.