Vintage Photos of Rogers Airport at Wilshire and Fairfax

A xxxx photograph of the Rogers Airport, located at the corner of Wilshire Blvd and Crescent, now Fairfax.
A 1922 photograph of the Rogers Airport, located at the corner of Wilshire Blvd and Crescent, now Fairfax.

We stumbled across a couple photos of the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax in the early 1920’s, well before the May Company department store or LACMA, when the barren intersection was home to Rogers Aircraft Inc and its airport. Rogers Airport opened in 1918 with an unpaved 1800 foot east-west runway lined with an assortment of odd buildings including a general office and a line of hangars, seen in the photo above.

According to the website, industrialist Howard Hughes learned to fly at Rogers Airport.

Paul Freeman’s website,  Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields: California, features photographs from many different airfields across the U.S. It is sponsored by the California Pilots Association “as a reminder that an airport, once lost, is gone forever.”

Rogers airfield is believed to have closed at some point between 1929 and 1931.  It was no longer included on the 1931 street map of our area. Aerial photographs from the era show long swaths of empty space all along the Wilshire corridor in 1920. By 1929 it was almost completely built out into single family home plots – now the homes of many of our Buzz readers.

Enjoy the scene from almost 100 years ago, right here on Wilshire and Fairfax.

A circa 1922 photo of a biplane at Rogers Airport, with the buildings of Rogers Aircraft Company in the background. According to Marc Carlson (Special Collections of the McFarlin Library), “It's a Nieuport 28', one of 2 listed as being owned by the Rogers Aircraft Inc. in the Aerospace Year Book for 1922. You'll notice the insignia on the plane matches the one on the building. Also note the oil wells in the background.
A circa 1922 photo of a biplane at Rogers Airport, with the buildings of Rogers Aircraft Company in the background.
According to Marc Carlson (Special Collections of the McFarlin Library), “It’s a Nieuport 28′,
one of 2 listed as being owned by the Rogers Aircraft Inc. in the Aerospace Year Book for 1922.
The insignia on the plane matches the one on the building. Note the oil wells in the background. (Caption courtesy of the abandoned airfield website.
A 1922 aerial photograph looking west at Rogers Airport (photo courtesy of Bob Beecher.) Note San Vicente Blvd coming in at its angle from the south.
A 1922 aerial photograph looking west at Rogers Airport (photo courtesy of Bob Beecher.) Note San Vicente Blvd coming in at its angle from the south.
An undated 1920's aerial photo shows a large crowd - probably some kind of air show or event. Across the road work appears to be started on housing or streets yet to be built.
An undated 1920’s aerial photo shows a large crowd – probably some kind of air show or event. Across the road work appears to be started on housing or streets yet to be built.

 

 

 

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About Julie Grist

Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

2 thoughts on “Vintage Photos of Rogers Airport at Wilshire and Fairfax

  1. Extraordinary. Who knew? Of special interest to me was the aerial photo from 1922. I used to live on Genesee which would have been in the very bottom left of the picture. That house was built in 1926 which means that your 1922 photo was taken shortly before it all changed. Thank-you for sharing.

  2. Thank god we didn’t have HPOZ’s or the radical preservationists that exist in the neighborhood today or else the neighborhood wouldn’t have ever existed.

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