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THE PEOPLE OF THE GRAND CENTRAL AIR TERMINAL REGISTER

Because of its size and geographic location near central Los Angeles, the Grand Central Air Terminal (GCAT) was a significant force in west coast aviation during the Golden Age. The Register records a number of the foremost aviators of the Golden Age. Aircraft manufacturers, corporate aircraft, record-setting pilots, transport pilots and their passengers are all represented.

A major outage for the Glendale Register is that the names of pilots were rarely entered in the Register. The data were entered by "Operators" sitting up in the tower who sometimes identified themselves in the last column of the Register. Because of the paucity of pilot names, it can be deduced that the Operators did not know who most of the pilots were who arrived during their watches. This is highly unfortunate, because we know from seeing the same aircraft recorded in other Registers that they were flown by well-known people. To say the airplanes were actually flown to Glendale by them is highly speculative, though.

Thus, there are fewer individual pilot (and passenger) names in the drop down menu for the Glendale Register than for other Registers. Of those who are listed, many were not identified with both first and last names. Some were identified with either first or surnames, which leads to further confusion as to their identities.

In some cases I knew who the people were from past work with the other Registers and I filled in the blanks (e.g. Clarence "Ace" Bragunier who was logged in the Register simply as "Ace."). For others, like "Mac," I have no reference. As you look through the list, if you recognize any people, please let me KNOW.

Likewise, unlike the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register which is a part of this suite of Register sites, the GCAT Register did not have a specific printed column devoted to passenger identities. Therefore, passengers are represented only by numbers, e.g. "4" passengers, rather than by name. This is too bad, since the majority of flights carried passengers for whom we will never know names.

Please use the dropdown menu below to select pilots from the database, and to learn about their lives. As stated above, there are no passengers listed in the Register as of the upload date of this page.

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Regardless of how they were represented in the Register, pilots and passengers alike were intrepid, early adopters of flight. They experienced relatively primitive conditions of comfort, scheduling, aircraft reliability, federal regulation and accommodations. Aviation was different in the late 1920's and into the early 30's from what it is today. Many cockpits were open, navigation aids and charts were few, and fuel stops and commercial housing were just organizing to support the flying population.

Despite the conditions, by exploring their biographies we can determine that they were flying for pleasure, on business, participating in various aeronautical events, early air transport operations, military maneuvers and training, ferrying aircraft and, probably many other reasons known only to themselves. Oil company representatives, airplane manufacturers and dealers ferrying new aircraft, and politicians frequented GCAT.

Please understand that many GCAT pilots have no biographical information YET associated with them. The reason being that I just do not know who they were, and I just haven't had time or resources to research them. If you want to kickstart your journey through my site, please check "What's New on the Site" (link at top and bottom of each Web page) to see links to pilots and passengers I have recently uploaded. Follow those links for examples of the types of extended information I envision for all the people on this site.

You can access information about any of the unique pilots who signed the Register. ALL their names are listed in the dropdown menus above. If you know any of them, I would like you to share what you know with me via CONTACT WEBMASTER in the upper right corner. With your permission, I'll add your information to the Web site with appropriate credit to you.

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