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
Wearing the livery of the United States Navy, this Convair is preserved at the Yanks Air Museum.
N1430Z Armstrong Whitworth Argosy
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
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
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
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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