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
Bill Wasserzieher, author of Douglas: The Santa Monica Years, worked for the company's media relations department, and "regularly got lost in the Douglas archives whenever I had free time." While researching his book, he read old news clips, leafed through correspondence with legendary aviation figures, and talked to veterans of the days when Douglas airplanes dominated air travel. "I felt a need to help preserve the Douglas name," he told us by email, "and all the company accomplished. Hence, this book."
Donald Douglas (second from left) in front of a Douglas M-3 mail plane on May 7, 1926.