The Long Beach Airport Terminal is a masterpiece of the early modern style, bridging the transition from modernist Streamline Moderne style of the thirties to the geometric abstraction of the post-war international war style. It was an avan-garde work of architecture for its time, and is a unique building in the City of Long beach”. These are the words of the Long Beach Airport Management, and that is what the Long Beach Airport (LGB) means to a lot of Southern California residents and travelers.
The first transcontinental flight, a biplane flown by Calbraith Perry Rodgers, landed in 1911 on Long Beach’s sandy beach. From 1911 until the airport was created, planes used the beach as a runway. In 1923 Daugherty convinced the city council to use the site to create the first municipal airport.