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I have been encouraging the preservation and commemoration of historic aviation sites since 1995 when I wrote the nomination for the Portal of the Folded Wings to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP.) In 2005 I wrote the first nomination for the Original Grand Canyon Airport Historic District at Red Butte, AZ which was listed on the NRHP in 2006. During 2006 I was hosted by the City of Ottumwa, Iowa in a fact-finding survey of the US Naval Air Station (1942-1947) to determine the ultimate use of the existing buildings and if they could be honored on the NRHP. More recently I wrote the preliminary research narrative to the State Office of Historic Preservation in Phoenix, Arizona for the Tucson Soaring Club (TSC) in their efforts to place Marana Air Base Auxilliary Field #5 on the NRHP. This project is still in development by the TSC.
The Portal was added to the California state and the NRHP in 1998. - GBK
The Portal of the Folded Wings Shrine to Aviation and Museum is located at the end of Runway 15, Bob Hope International Airport, Burbank, CA. Photo courtesy of Carroll F. Gray.
Left: Beneath the dome of the Portal are graves of aviation pioneers, including Charles Taylor, the Wright brother's mechanic. Photo courtesy of Mike Aten.
The entire history of the Portal can be found on this web site
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