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Historic Van Nuys Airport
Aptly launched on the 25th anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s historic first flight, today’s Van Nuys Airport opened as Metropolitan Airport on December 17, 1928. It was located on 80 acres of farmland about 20 miles north of Los Angeles International Airport and quickly became the launch pad for many record-breaking speed and endurance flights. During the Great Depression, Hollywood directors used the airport as a backdrop for feature films – a tradition that continues to this day. The Van Nuys Airport has had a starring role in decades of movies, including Casablanca, Hell’s Angeles, Pearl Harbor and Lethal Weapon.