Construction on the airport was completed in 1946. Prior to this time the Island was accessible only to amphibious aircraft. The runway was built by blasting away the tops of two mountains and using the 200,000 truckloads of rock to fill the gap between them.
Twenty two miles off the Southern California shore, a serrated mountain range rises from a sapphire sea. It is close enough to be a playground for L.A., yet distant enough to have been a safe harbor for nineteenth century pirates and Prohibition era hooch-runners.
This 21 mile long island has a near perfect climate: cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter then L.A. Santa Catalina feels like the Mediterranean Riviera, averaging between 67 and 78 degrees year ‘round. The day we flew a small plane into “The Airport in the Sky” atop Catalina the air was sparkling clear while a brown smudge of dust and smog lay above Los Angles. continue reading…
Catalina Airport (AVX) – The Airport in the Sky
Avalon, CA, USA
Lat/Long: 33-24-17.9900N / 118-24-56.7700W
Elevation: 1602 ft.
From city: 6 miles NW of AVALON, CA
Airport restaurant: DC-3 Gifts and Grill