FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Portal of the Folded Wings


Burbank has a long storied History with Aviation. It began with Lockheed moving here to build its aircraft in the old Empire China Factory.

Lockheed became an Aviation Giant.

Early on a Cemetery was built with a large shrine erected called the “Portal of the Folded Wings” where aviators can be laid to rest. It is also home to the Burbank Aviation Museum which is open the first Sunday of every month from 1 to 3 pm.

They have displays of some wonderful Lockheed memorabilia and can tell you about the famous Aviators buried there. The shrine is a beautiful domed structure.

The grounds around it are wonderful and do great honor to men and women buried there. If you have not ever stopped by you should see this hidden gem of Burbank History. You will not be sorry.

The portal is open during normal Valhalla cemetery business hours but see above for the museum hours.


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lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael McDaniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

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