The Spirit of Santa Monica
Between 1920 and 1975, Donald Douglas’ company—and a southern California city—helped shape aviation history.
- By The Editors
- Air & Space magazine, April 2012
Courtesy Bill Wasserzieher
Many thousands of employees came through the gates at the Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica between its founding in 1920 and the closing of the headquarters facility in 1975. Some stayed only for a brief time; others spent their entire lives on the Douglas payroll. Often several generations of the same family came to be Douglas employees. In this photograph, taken on October 31, 1939, it's the end of a shift at the Santa Monica plant.