Preserved Airliners In and Around Los Angeles

Aside from spotting at the fantastic LAX, Long Beach and Van Nuys airports, and perhaps a trip inland to Mojave, a visit to Los Angeles could lead you to some interesting preserved airliners which you may otherwise have missed.

These aircraft are all within easy reach of Los Angeles.


N47TF Douglas DC-3


Preserved by the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, but also airworthy.


N9030V Convair 340

N9030V C-131F

Wearing the livery of the United States Navy, this Convair is preserved at the Yanks Air Museum.


N1430Z Armstrong Whitworth Argosy

AW 650 Argosy N1430Z at Fox Field

The unmistakable shape of the Argosy. Preserved at the Milestones of Flight Museum in Lancaster (museum is closed).


N8066U Douglas DC-8-52 United Airlines

N8066U | Douglas DC-8-52 | United Air Lines

One of the coolest avgeek attractions in downtown Los Angeles is this immaculate former United Airlines DC-8 mounted on poles outside the California Science Center.


N81GB Beech 18


N19915 Douglas DC-3

C-53 / DC-3 c/n 7347 at Proud Bird

DC-3 at the Proud Bird. Photo (c) Ian Abbott. See his Flickr pictures here.

These two aircraft are on display outside the recently re-opened Proud Bird Restaurant next to LAX airport.


53-0363 Boeing Stratofreighter


54-2808 Convair 340


55-3130 Boeing KC-135A

Boeing KC-135A 55-3130

N67062 Douglas C-54


Each of these aircraft can be found at the March Field Air Museum at Riverside to the east of Los Angeles.




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