“Like citrus, oil, movies, radio, and television, aerospace helped create Southern California and embody its values. Blue Sky Metropolislaunches an entirely fresh consideration of an iconic industry that answered the immemorial hunger of the human race for flight and the future.”–Kevin Starr, University of Southern California

Blue Sky Metropolis presents an intriguing survey of a unique time in Southern California history, when cheap land and benign weather lured massive aerospace enterprises to the region—eventually serving as home to nearly half of the nation’s defense and space fabricators. Before there was a Silicon Valley, high-tech dreamers were on the loose in the Southland, creating inventions as diverse as the Voyager planetary spacecraft and the Stealth bomber. These highly readable essays help us understand how it happened—how Southern California shaped aerospace, and vice versa.”—Charles Elachi, Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Publisher: Huntington Library Press

Editorial Reviews

“Contribute[s] much to the history of southern California, the aerospace industry, innovations in science and technology, and the American West.” – Choice – R. P. Hallion

Book contains a chapter by Wade Graham: "Blueprinting the Regional City: The Urban and Environmental Legacies of the Air Industry in Southern California.” 

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