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Downey Landing: “When The Dream Goes To Sleep”, by George-B (revisited December 12, 2014)



Did you know that the City of Downey had been until 1998 the hub of the American Avionics, and then that of the aeronautics, including the Space Shuttle Program? Are you curios to find out (now that dust starts Settling on the last of the Space Shuttles– Atlantis) what happened to the real estate where it all happened? Well now it is a …Mall, yes a shopping center, and a NASA Museum, and Downey Studios. No no more aeronautics in Downey, NASA can look for those cardboard boxes, to get their personal belongings (quite popular for the last decade throughout the land).  This never felt right to me, since I believe that the strength of any nation is in what it creates, not in what, and how much it consumes. I may be wrong though, it is harder and harder to make sense of many things: for instance I never understood what a service society ment for the longest, and still can’t wrap my way of thinking around it. May be because…I’m not a bush, a plant. The bush never spoke to me, not in a intelligible language.
So here are few photos I took of the place called Downey Landings, a modest and sincerely felt apology to the avionics community, here and elsewhere, who may miss Rockwell International and the contracts that allowed for the Avionics and Space Programs to become reality.

It’s so hard to build, but so easy to tear down. (Should this be the ending line of this story, I think it will be meaningful one)
As for the photos taken: I found about the insignia (or or as I like to call them symbolically “Headstones”- you know like in a hi-tech cemetery – by chance, because they sure are not standing either out, nor up, they are well hidden in plain view, but not that visible as to disrupt the shopping spree, at this useless outlets, present in every city, since they have nothing to do with avionics, or space exploration, or nothing of the kind: you can buy stuff for your next party, from Party city and dog food from PetsSmart, they have specials for beach torches, office supplies, and few fast, food restaurants: But nothing too fancy, you see…As far as the marvel of architecture, representing the sidewalk (which really cannot qualify for a sidewalk due to the construction and width of 3 feet) if you want to get a headache, or dizzy, that’s the place to be (that would be because one cannot walk streight on the winding sidewalk)  I wonder who filled they pockets charging for the design, execution and expensive overhead labor for this one? Nobody in the City Hall could give an aswer…Tough times, you see.

01-Downey_Landings_Space_for_Lease

02-Downey_Landing_South_Side

 This picture is an introduction to the ” In Memoriam” Project dedicated to the 90 years of uninterrupted avionics presence in Downey, California:03-Downey_Landing_Site_of_American_Avionics

03-Downey_Landing_Site_of_American_Avionics

Next there is the “Insignia” of some of the first half of the 20th century avionics companies:

05-Downey_Landing_Site_of_American_Avionics_Companies

Apollo 11(1969):

06-Downey_Landing_Appolo 11-1969

Apollo XIII (1970):

07-Downey_Landing_AppolloXIII_1970

Apollo 14 (1971):

08-Downey_Landing_Appollo 14-1971

Appollo 15 (1971):

09-Downey_Landing_Appollo15_1971

10-Downey_Landing_Enterprise_1977

12-Downey_Landing_Shuttle_Columbia_1981

12-Downey_Landing_Shuttle_Challenger-1983

13-The-Headache-Mile Starts at Stewart and Gray Ends At Imperial Hwy_Downey_Landing

15-Downey_Landing_Back_From_Space

16-Downey_Landing_In_Memoriam_Avionics & NASA

Sale at PArty Outdoor Torches_Downey_Landing What a steal

 
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THIS DAY IN TH EYESTERYEAR: Sally Ride Returns to Earth (1983)


Sally Ride Returns to Earth (1983)

Before astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman to reach outer space, she made a name for herself as a nationally-ranked tennis player. After earning her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Stanford University, she took part in her first space shuttle mission in 1983, serving on board the Challenger. She later served on the panels that investigated the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters. What two women preceded Ride in space? More… Discuss

THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA DISASTER (2003)


Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster (2003)

 

English: A close-up camera view shows Space Sh...

 

The Space Shuttle Columbia broke up upon reentry into Earth’s atmosphere during the conclusion of its 28th mission to space, killing its seven-member crew. Investigations revealed that the breakup resulted from damage sustained during launch when a piece of foam insulation broke free from an external tank and struck the shuttle’s left wing. NASA learned of the foam strike early on but failed take steps that might have averted the disaster. Why did they ignore the issue? More… Discuss

 

 

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Why Do We Go to Space? | It’s Okay to be Smart | PBS Digital Studios



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Why do we go to space? In the beginning of our space program, the answer had a lot to do with war and paranoia. But with the dawn of the space shuttle, that all changed. Where do we go from here?

Special thanks to the National Air and Space Museum‘s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center for letting us hang out with the shuttle Discovery.

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Historical footage via NASA.

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This Day in History: MAGELLAN SPACE PROBE REACHES VENUS (1990)


Magellan Space Probe Reaches Venus (1990)

The first planetary spacecraft to be launched from a space shuttle,Magellan took 15 months to reach its destination, arriving in orbit around the second planet from the Sun in August 1990. It was then put to work generating high-resolution maps of Venus’s surface and measuring the planet’s gravity. Four years later, with its mission complete, Magellan plunged into Venus’s tremendously dense atmosphere and disintegrated. What do Magellan’s images reveal about the planet? More… Discuss

Back to Downey: More Photos


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Honorable Del Clawson _ Stateman and Humanitarian
Honorable Del Clawson _ Statesman and Humanitarian
In Memoriam_The Space Shuttle Columbia Crew

In Memoriam_The Space Shuttle Columbia CrewIn Memoriam_The Space Shuttle Challenger Crew


These three monuments are located in the Downey City Hall Plaza.
To their right stands another monument, dedicated to John Gately Downey, The seventh Governor of California and first of foreign birth (born June 24, 1827, County of Roscommon, Ireland).  Fellow the links to find out more about these men, and their influence on the people, land and political and social life of California and the USA.

John Gately Downey - Seventh Governor of California

John Gately Downey - The Seventh Governor of California

Downey Landing: When The Dream Goes To Sleep (revisited December 12, 2014)


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Did you know that the City of Downey had been until 1998 the hub of the American Avionics, and then that of the aeronautics, including the Space Shuttle Program? Are you curios to find out (now that dust starts Settling on the last of the Space Shuttles– Atlantis) what happened to the real estate where it all happened? Well now it is a …Mall, yes a shopping center, and a NASA Museum, and Downey Studios. No no more aeronautics in Downey, NASA can look for those cardboard boxes, to get their personal belongings (quite popular for the last decade throughout the land).  This never felt right to me, since I believe that the strength of any nation is in what it creates, not in what, and how much it consumes. I may be wrong though, it is harder and harder to make sense of many things: for instance I never understood what a service society ment for the longest, and still can’t wrap my way of thinking around it. May be because…I’m not a bush, a plant. The bush never spoke to me, not in a intelligible language.
So here are few photos I took of the place called Downey Landings, a modest and sincerely felt apology to the avionics community, here and elsewhere, who may miss Rockwell International and the contracts that allowed for the Avionics and Space Programs to become reality.

It’s so hard to build, but so easy to tear down. (Should this be the ending line of this story, I think it will be meaningful one)
As for the photos taken: I found about the insignia (or or as I like to call them symbolically “Headstones”- you know like in a hi-tech cemetery – by chance, because they sure are not standing either out, nor up, they are well hidden in plain view, but not that visible as to disrupt the shopping spree, at this useless outlets, present in every city, since they have nothing to do with avionics, or space exploration, or nothing of the kind: you can buy stuff for your next party, from Party city and dog food from PetsSmart, they have specials for beach torches, office supplies, and few fast, food restaurants: But nothing too fancy, you see…As far as the marvel of architecture, representing the sidewalk (which really cannot qualify for a sidewalk due to the construction and width of 3 feet) if you want to get a headache, or dizzy, that’s the place to be (that would be because one cannot walk streight on the winding sidewalk)  I wonder who filled they pockets charging for the design, execution and expensive overhead labor for this one? Nobody in the City Hall could give an aswer…Tough times, you see.

01-Downey_Landings_Space_for_Lease

02-Downey_Landing_South_Side

 This picture is an introduction to the ” In Memoriam” Project dedicated to the 90 years of uninterrupted avionics presence in Downey, California:03-Downey_Landing_Site_of_American_Avionics

03-Downey_Landing_Site_of_American_Avionics

Next there is the “Insignia” of some of the first half of the 20th century avionics companies:

05-Downey_Landing_Site_of_American_Avionics_Companies

Apollo 11(1969):

06-Downey_Landing_Appolo 11-1969

Apollo XIII (1970):

07-Downey_Landing_AppolloXIII_1970

Apollo 14 (1971):

08-Downey_Landing_Appollo 14-1971

Appollo 15 (1971):

09-Downey_Landing_Appollo15_1971

10-Downey_Landing_Enterprise_1977

12-Downey_Landing_Shuttle_Columbia_1981

12-Downey_Landing_Shuttle_Challenger-1983

13-The-Headache-Mile Starts at Stewart and Gray Ends At Imperial Hwy_Downey_Landing

15-Downey_Landing_Back_From_Space

16-Downey_Landing_In_Memoriam_Avionics & NASA

Sale at PArty Outdoor Torches_Downey_Landing What a steal

 
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Today In History: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Established (1958)


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Established (1958)

NASA is an agency of the US government charged with aeronautics research and the nation’s civilian space program. During its history, it has been responsible for manned trips to the Moon, orbiting observatories, and unmanned programs that explored other planets and interplanetary space. Today, its goals include improving human understanding of the universe and establishing a permanent human presence in space. NASA was created by an act of Congress passed largely in response to what 1957 event? More… Discuss