NEWHALL - 3/24/39 - The big transcontinental planes of all four major companies used the local field for both arrivals and departures as the heavy blanket of mist made landing hazardous in the San Fernando Valley.
Last Friday morning seven huge transports representing American, United, TWA and Western Air Express were ranked along the border of Newhall field, while taxis and buses from the Union (now Burbank Airport-ed.) and Grand Central (was located in Glendale-ed.) airports busily transferred passengers. Each night and day the liners have flown low over Newhall heading for the field. Not only have incoming ships used the field as a terminal but many trips have started from here, carrying mail and passengers east and north.
Although the landing field has been somewhat abbreviated due to the southern end being closed to allow new grass to get a start, no difficulty has been experienced in setting the planes down.
Up until Tuesday noon a total of 42 planes, of which 36 were liners had registered, and it was said at the station that a good many more than that had landed but failed to register. Among the passengers arriving Friday morning was President Patterson of United Air Lines.
The Newhall Airport becomes a busy place twice a year, in spring and fall due to fogs below. On the infrequent occasions when fog invades the Santa Clara Valley the field at Palmdale is used as a terminal.
The radio beacon on the Newhall Pass has been working for the past month, but only a few of the transports are so far equipped to make good use of its vertical beam.
A good many Newhall youngsters have gotten a big kick out of the presence of the planes, as the pilots are on a more informal footing here than at the big terminals. They readily talk about their planes and their work to interested onlookers and the planes themselves may be approached for close inspection.
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